Re: [PATCH] kmsg: Use vmalloc instead of kmalloc when writing

From: Thomas Gleixner
Date: Fri Mar 30 2012 - 16:35:56 EST

On Fri, 30 Mar 2012, Greg KH wrote:
> On Fri, Mar 30, 2012 at 07:37:37PM +0300, Sasha Levin wrote:
> > On Fri, Mar 30, 2012 at 6:30 PM, Greg KH <gregkh@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx> wrote:
> > > On Fri, Mar 30, 2012 at 01:04:27PM -0400, Sasha Levin wrote:
> > >> There are no size checks in kmsg_write(), and we try allocating enough
> > >> memory to store everything userspace gave us, which may be too much for
> > >> kmalloc to allocate.
> > >
> > > Really?  Have you seen this fail?  As only root can do this, is this
> > > really a problem?
> >
> > Only root, and a whole bunch of management software that dumps data
> > into /dev/kmsg (systemd and friends).
> Running as root, do any of these cause problems by asking for too much
> memory here?

Running as root is not a guarantee for correctness. So the syscall
should cope with bogus requests from user space and not rely on the
sanity of anything. Looking at the main users which polute dmesg I'm
inclined to assume insanity in the first place.

As Sasha pointed out there is either the variant to use vmalloc and
grant any write size or limit the size to something sensible. Though
given the users of this, coming up with something sensible might be a

> Is this something that needs to be addressed now, and in
> stable kernels, or can it wait for 3.5?

Yes, it want's to be addressed now and it want's to be in stable as
well. syscalls which have no bound checking are evil, no matter what.