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Date: Mon, 12 Mar 2018 16:58:38 -0700
From: Joe Perches <joe@...ches.com>
To: "Gustavo A. R. Silva" <gustavo@...eddedor.com>, Pablo Neira Ayuso
 <pablo@...filter.org>, Jozsef Kadlecsik <kadlec@...ckhole.kfki.hu>, Florian
 Westphal <fw@...len.de>, "David S. Miller" <davem@...emloft.net>
Cc: netfilter-devel@...r.kernel.org, coreteam@...filter.org, 
	netdev@...r.kernel.org, linux-kernel@...r.kernel.org, Kernel Hardening
	 <kernel-hardening@...ts.openwall.com>, Kees Cook <keescook@...omium.org>, 
	"Gustavo A. R. Silva" <garsilva@...eddedor.com>
Subject: Re: [PATCH] netfilter: cttimeout: remove VLA usage

On Mon, 2018-03-12 at 18:14 -0500, Gustavo A. R. Silva wrote:
> In preparation to enabling -Wvla, remove VLA and replace it
> with dynamic memory allocation.
> 
> From a security viewpoint, the use of Variable Length Arrays can be
> a vector for stack overflow attacks. Also, in general, as the code
> evolves it is easy to lose track of how big a VLA can get. Thus, we
> can end up having segfaults that are hard to debug.
> 
> Also, fixed as part of the directive to remove all VLAs from
[]
> diff --git a/net/netfilter/nfnetlink_cttimeout.c b/net/netfilter/nfnetlink_cttimeout.c
[]
> @@ -51,19 +51,27 @@ ctnl_timeout_parse_policy(void *timeouts,
>  			  const struct nf_conntrack_l4proto *l4proto,
>  			  struct net *net, const struct nlattr *attr)
>  {
> +	struct nlattr **tb;
>  	int ret = 0;
>  
> -	if (likely(l4proto->ctnl_timeout.nlattr_to_obj)) {
> -		struct nlattr *tb[l4proto->ctnl_timeout.nlattr_max+1];
> +	if (!l4proto->ctnl_timeout.nlattr_to_obj)
> +		return 0;

Why not
	if unlikely(!...)
	
>  
> -		ret = nla_parse_nested(tb, l4proto->ctnl_timeout.nlattr_max,
> -				       attr, l4proto->ctnl_timeout.nla_policy,
> -				       NULL);
> -		if (ret < 0)
> -			return ret;
> +	tb = kcalloc(l4proto->ctnl_timeout.nlattr_max + 1, sizeof(*tb),
> +		     GFP_KERNEL);

kmalloc_array?

>  
> -		ret = l4proto->ctnl_timeout.nlattr_to_obj(tb, net, timeouts);
> -	}
> +	if (!tb)
> +		return -ENOMEM;
> +
> +	ret = nla_parse_nested(tb, l4proto->ctnl_timeout.nlattr_max, attr,
> +			       l4proto->ctnl_timeout.nla_policy, NULL);
> +	if (ret < 0)
> +		goto err;
> +
> +	ret = l4proto->ctnl_timeout.nlattr_to_obj(tb, net, timeouts);
> +
> +err:
> +	kfree(tb);
>  	return ret;
>  }
>  

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