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Date: Fri, 12 Jan 2018 10:47:44 -0800
From: Dan Williams <>
To: Greg KH <>
Cc: Linux Kernel Mailing List <>,, 
	Andrew Morton <>,, 
	Hideaki YOSHIFUJI <>, Netdev <>, 
	Alexey Kuznetsov <>, Thomas Gleixner <>, 
	Linus Torvalds <>, "David S. Miller" <>, 
	Elena Reshetova <>, Alan Cox <>
Subject: Re: [PATCH v2 10/19] ipv4: prevent bounds-check bypass via
 speculative execution

On Thu, Jan 11, 2018 at 11:59 PM, Greg KH <> wrote:
> On Thu, Jan 11, 2018 at 04:47:18PM -0800, Dan Williams wrote:
>> Static analysis reports that 'offset' may be a user controlled value
>> that is used as a data dependency reading from a raw_frag_vec buffer.
>> In order to avoid potential leaks of kernel memory values, block
>> speculative execution of the instruction stream that could issue further
>> reads based on an invalid '*(rfv->c + offset)' value.
>> Based on an original patch by Elena Reshetova.
> There is the "Co-Developed-by:" tag now, if you want to use it...

Ok, thanks.

>> Cc: "David S. Miller" <>
>> Cc: Alexey Kuznetsov <>
>> Cc: Hideaki YOSHIFUJI <>
>> Cc:
>> Signed-off-by: Elena Reshetova <>
>> Signed-off-by: Dan Williams <>
>> ---
>>  net/ipv4/raw.c |   10 ++++++----
>>  1 file changed, 6 insertions(+), 4 deletions(-)
> Ugh, what is this, the 4th time I've said "I don't think this is an
> issue, so why are you changing this code." to this patch.  To be
> followed by a "oh yeah, you are right, I'll drop it", only to see it
> show back up in the next time this patch series is sent out?
> Same for the other patches in this series that I have reviewed 4, maybe
> 5, times already.  The "v2" is not very true here...

The theme of the review feedback on v1 was 'don't put ifence in any
net/ code', and that was addressed.

I honestly thought the new definition of array_ptr() changed the
calculus on this patch. Given the same pattern appears in the ipv6
case, and I have yet to hear that we should drop the ipv6 patch, make
the code symmetric just for readability purposes. Otherwise we need a
comment saying why this is safe for ipv4, but maybe not safe for ipv6,
I think 'array_ptr' is effectively that comment. I.e. 'array_ptr()' is
designed to be low impact for instrumenting false positives. If that
new argument does not hold water I will definitely drop this patch.

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