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Date: Wed, 30 Apr 2014 19:19:27 +0300
From: Dan Carpenter <>
To: Kees Cook <>
Cc: LKML <>,,,
        "" <>,
        Dave Jones <>,
        Andrew Morton <>
Subject: Re: [patch] lib: check for strcpy() overflows to fixed length buffers

On Wed, Apr 30, 2014 at 08:33:21AM -0700, Kees Cook wrote:
> On Wed, Apr 30, 2014 at 8:08 AM, Dan Carpenter <> wrote:
> > +#define strcpy(dest, src) do {                                         \
> > +       int len = __compiletime_size(dest);                             \
> > +       if (len > 1 && strlen(src) >= len)                              \
> > +               WARN_ONCE(1, "strcpy() overflow copying \"%s\"\n", src);        \
> This should probably BUG. An overflowing strcpy shouldn't be allowed
> to continue.

I was worried about false positives.

Speaking of false positives the STRICT checks on copy_from_user() have
been disabled for a year now because of a three year old GCC bug.  I
wonder if the GCC people realize the security impact it has.  See
commit 2fb0815c9ee6 ('gcc4: disable __compiletime_object_size for GCC
4.6+') and

> > +       bool "Strict checks for strcpy() overflows"
> > +       depends on DEBUG_KERNEL
> > +       help
> > +         Enabling this option adds some extra sanity checks when strcpy() is
> > +         called().  This will slow down the kernel a bit.
> Isn't this an entirely compile-time check? I would expect it to be
> entirely optimized by the compiler. In fact, could this be turned into
> a build failure instead?

No.  The problem is when we don't know the size of the src string.  Also
if GCC is able to find the compile time size of both the src and
dest string then Smatch and other static checkers are able to as well so
I'm not very concerned about that case because we already catch them.

dan carpenter

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