Openwall GNU/*/Linux - a small security-enhanced Linux distro for servers
[<prev] [next>] [<thread-prev] [day] [month] [year] [list]
Date: Wed, 11 Oct 2017 08:47:42 +1100
From: "Tobin C. Harding" <me@...in.cc>
To: Joe Perches <joe@...ches.com>
Cc: kernel-hardening@...ts.openwall.com, linux-kernel@...r.kernel.org
Subject: Re: [PATCH] lib/vsprintf: add default case to 'i' specifier

On Tue, Oct 10, 2017 at 12:09:35AM -0700, Joe Perches wrote:
> On Mon, 2017-10-09 at 13:59 +1100, Tobin C. Harding wrote:
> > %pi leaks kernel addresses if incorrectly specified.
> 
> Are there any uses that are incorrectly specified?
> grep doesn't show any.

You are correct I don't see any. 

> > Currently the printk specifier %pi (%pI) contains a switch statement
> > without a default clause. The %pi specifier requires a subsequent
> > character (4, 6, or S) controlling the output. If the specifier is
> > incomplete the switch statement will fall through and print the variable
> > argument address in hex instead of the value of the argument (as an IP
> > address).
> > 
> > If uncaught this leaks kernel addresses into dmesg. We can return an
> > error string to make the bug visible and stop addresses leaking.
> > 
> > Add a default clause returning an error string, stops leaking addresses
> > and makes the buggy code
> []
> > diff --git a/lib/vsprintf.c b/lib/vsprintf.c
> []
> > @@ -1775,6 +1775,8 @@ char *pointer(const char *fmt, char *buf, char *end, void *ptr,
> >  			default:
> >  				return string(buf, end, "(invalid address)", spec);
> >  			}}
> > +		default:
> > +			return string(buf, end, "(invalid specifier, form: %pi4)", spec);
> >  		}
> >  		break;
> >  	case 'E':
> 
> I'm not sure this is a big deal and
> maybe a better way to handle it is to
> move the %pK, case 'K': block and add
> a fallthrough or keep the case 'K':
> block where it is and add a goto.

Thanks for suggestions.

Tobin.

Powered by blists - more mailing lists

Your e-mail address:

Confused about mailing lists and their use? Read about mailing lists on Wikipedia and check out these guidelines on proper formatting of your messages.