Re: revert "fs/befs/linuxvfs.c: replace strncpy by strlcpy"

From: Al Viro
Date: Tue Apr 28 2015 - 12:05:33 EST

On Tue, Apr 28, 2015 at 07:35:10AM +0200, Fabian Frederick wrote:

> > Al, very unhappy about the prospect of looking through ~2000 calls of
> > strlcpy()
> > we have in the tree...
> Sorry Al, I thought it was more secure.

It's not just you, unfortunately, and dumping all that annoyance on you
as a proxy for everyone who does that kind of thing had been unfair.
My apologies...

> I guess the 2 following patches should be reversed as well :
> 6cb103b6f45a
> "fs/befs/btree.c: replace strncpy by strlcpy + coding style fixing"
> 69201bb11327
> "fs/ocfs2/super.c: use OCFS2_MAX_VOL_LABEL_LEN and strlcpy"

AFAICS, they should.

Unfortunately, we _can't_ make strlcpy() never look past src + size - 1 -
not without changing its semantics. Its callers expect it to return
the length of source; one of the intended uses is
wanted = strlcpy(dst, src, dst_size);
if (wanted >= dst_size) {
p = realloc(dst, wanted + 1);
if (!p) {
// too bad
} else {
dst = p;
memcpy(dst, src, wanted + 1);
and that really wants the accurate length. Now, the absolute majority of
strlcpy() users in the kernel completely ignore the return value, i.e. go for
silent truncation. About 1% do not.

Out of those, some are correctly implemented "fail if truncated" uses.
The rest... Some are weirdly open-coded snprintf() (series of strlcpy and
strlcat) and some are _very_ dubious. Either they really never get
truncated, or we have a problem. For example, this
kernel/module.c:2349: s += strlcpy(s, &mod->strtab[src[i].st_name],
smells really bad. We are truncating a bunch of strings dowsn to KSYM_NAME_LEN
there and storing them in a buffer, with spacing that matches _untruncated_

drivers/s390/scsi/zfcp_fc.c:825: len = strlcpy(rspn_req->rspn.fr_name, fc_host_symbolic_name(shost),
also looks fishy - what happens there is
len = strlcpy(rspn_req->rspn.fr_name, fc_host_symbolic_name(shost),
rspn_req->rspn.fr_name_len = len;

drivers/usb/gadget/function/f_midi.c:976: result = strlcpy(page, opts->id, PAGE_SIZE);
drivers/usb/gadget/function/f_printer.c:1172: result = strlcpy(page, opts->pnp_string + 2, PNP_STRING_LEN - 2);
drivers/usb/gadget/function/f_printer.c:1184: result = strlcpy(opts->pnp_string + 2, page, PNP_STRING_LEN - 2);

are also strange...
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