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Date: Thu, 10 Oct 2013 09:42:32 +1100
From: Ryan Mallon <>
To: Joe Perches <>
CC: Andrew Morton <>,, 
 Jiri Kosina <>,, 
 Dan Rosenberg <>,
 Kees Cook <>, 
 Alexander Viro <>,
 "Eric W. Biederman" <>, 
 George Spelvin <>,
 "" <>,
 "" <>
Subject: Re: [PATCH v3] vsprintf: Check real user/group id for %pK

On 10/10/13 09:33, Joe Perches wrote:
> On Thu, 2013-10-10 at 09:25 +1100, Ryan Mallon wrote:
>> 	if (kptr_restrict && (in_irq() || in_serving_softirq() ||
>> 			      in_nmi())) {
>> Is making sure that you don't have kernel code doing something like this:
>> 	irqreturn_t some_irq_handler(int irq, void *data)
>> 	{
>> 		struct seq_file *seq = to_seq(data);
>> 		seq_printf(seq, "value = %pK\n");
>> 		return IRQ_HANDLED;
>> 	}
>> Because that obviously won't work when kptr_restrict=1 (because the
>> CAP_SYSLOG check is meaningless). However, the code is broken regardless
>> of the kptr_restrict value.
> The only brokenness I see here is that the code doesn't pass
> a pointer along with %pK
> 		seq_printf(seq, "value of seq: %pK\n", seq);
>>  Since the default value of kptr_restrict is
>> 0, this kind of bug can go over-looked because the seq file will print
>> the pointer value correctly when kptr_restrict=0, and it will correctly
>> print 0's when kptr_restrict=2, but it will print 'pK-error' when
>> kptr_restrict=1. Doing the check in all cases makes it more likely that
>> bugs like this get found. In fact, doing something like:
>> 	if (WARN_ON(in_irq() || in_serving_softirq() || in_nmi())) {
>> Might be better, since that will print a stack-trace showing where the
>> offending vsprintf is.
> WARN_ON would be potentially _very_ noisy.
> Maybe a long period (once a day?) ratelimited dump_stack();

If it was noisy, it would indicate a bunch of broken kernel code which
needs fixing :-). Anyway, this is really a separate issue to what I am
trying to fix, which is why I left the original code intact. If you want
to change it, post a follow-up patch.


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