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Date: Mon, 17 Jul 2017 21:23:44 +0300
From: Alexander Popov <alex.popov@...ux.com>
To: Matthew Wilcox <willy@...radead.org>
Cc: Christoph Lameter <cl@...ux.com>, Pekka Enberg <penberg@...nel.org>,
 David Rientjes <rientjes@...gle.com>, Joonsoo Kim <iamjoonsoo.kim@....com>,
 Andrew Morton <akpm@...ux-foundation.org>, linux-mm@...ck.org,
 linux-kernel@...r.kernel.org, kernel-hardening@...ts.openwall.com,
 keescook@...omium.org
Subject: Re: [PATCH 1/1] mm/slub.c: add a naive detection of double free or
 corruption

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.

--
Alexander

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