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Date: Mon, 17 Jul 2017 21:23:44 +0300
From: Alexander Popov <>
To: Matthew Wilcox <>
Cc: Christoph Lameter <>, Pekka Enberg <>,
 David Rientjes <>, Joonsoo Kim <>,
 Andrew Morton <>,,,,
Subject: Re: [PATCH 1/1] mm/slub.c: add a naive detection of double free or

On 17.07.2017 20:54, Matthew Wilcox wrote:
> On Mon, Jul 17, 2017 at 07:45:07PM +0300, Alexander Popov wrote:
>> Add an assertion similar to "fasttop" check in GNU C Library allocator:
>> an object added to a singly linked freelist should not point to itself.
>> That helps to detect some double free errors (e.g. CVE-2017-2636) without
>> slub_debug and KASAN. Testing with hackbench doesn't show any noticeable
>> performance penalty.
>>  {
>> +	BUG_ON(object == fp); /* naive detection of double free or corruption */
>>  	*(void **)(object + s->offset) = fp;
>>  }
> Is BUG() the best response to this situation?  If it's a corruption, then
> yes, but if we spot a double-free, then surely we should WARN() and return
> without doing anything?

Hello Matthew,

Double-free leads to the memory corruption too, since the next two kmalloc()
calls return the same address to their callers. And we can spot it early here.


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