Re: List corruption on epoll_ctl(EPOLL_CTL_DEL) an AF_UNIX socket

From: Jason Baron
Date: Wed Sep 30 2015 - 22:56:23 EST

On 09/30/2015 03:34 AM, Michal Kubecek wrote:
> On Wed, Sep 30, 2015 at 07:54:29AM +0200, Mathias Krause wrote:
>> On 29 September 2015 at 21:09, Jason Baron <jbaron@xxxxxxxxxx> wrote:
>>> However, if we call connect on socket 's', to connect to a new socket 'o2', we
>>> drop the reference on the original socket 'o'. Thus, we can now close socket
>>> 'o' without unregistering from epoll. Then, when we either close the ep
>>> or unregister 'o', we end up with this list corruption. Thus, this is not a
>>> race per se, but can be triggered sequentially.
>> Sounds profound, but the reproducers calls connect only once per
>> socket. So there is no "connect to a new socket", no?
> I believe there is another scenario: 'o' becomes SOCK_DEAD while 's' is
> still connected to it. This is detected by 's' in unix_dgram_sendmsg()
> so that 's' releases its reference on 'o' and 'o' can be freed. If this
> happens before 's' is unregistered, we get use-after-free as 'o' has
> never been unregistered. And as the interval between freeing 'o' and
> unregistering 's' can be quite long, there is a chance for the memory to
> be reused. This is what one of our customers has seen:
> [exception RIP: _raw_spin_lock_irqsave+156]
> RIP: ffffffff8040f5bc RSP: ffff8800e929de78 RFLAGS: 00010082
> RAX: 000000000000a32c RBX: ffff88003954ab80 RCX: 0000000000001000
> RDX: 00000000f2320000 RSI: 000000000000f232 RDI: ffff88003954ab80
> RBP: 0000000000005220 R8: dead000000100100 R9: 0000000000000000
> R10: 00007fff1a284960 R11: 0000000000000246 R12: 0000000000000000
> R13: ffff8800e929de8c R14: 000000000000000e R15: 0000000000000000
> ORIG_RAX: ffffffffffffffff CS: 10000e030 SS: e02b
> #8 [ffff8800e929de70] _raw_spin_lock_irqsave at ffffffff8040f5a9
> #9 [ffff8800e929deb0] remove_wait_queue at ffffffff8006ad09
> #10 [ffff8800e929ded0] ep_unregister_pollwait at ffffffff80170043
> #11 [ffff8800e929def0] ep_remove at ffffffff80170073
> #12 [ffff8800e929df10] sys_epoll_ctl at ffffffff80171453
> #13 [ffff8800e929df80] system_call_fastpath at ffffffff80417553
> In this case, crash happened on unregistering 's' which had null peer
> (i.e. not reconnected but rather disconnected) but there were still two
> items in the list, the other pointing to an unallocated page which has
> apparently been modified in between.
> IMHO unix_dgram_disonnected() could be the place to handle this issue:
> it is called from both places where we disconnect from a peer (dead peer
> detection in unix_dgram_sendmsg() and reconnect in unix_dgram_connect())
> just before the reference to peer is released. I'm not familiar with the
> epoll implementation so I'm still trying to find what exactly needs to
> be done to unregister the peer at this moment.

Indeed that is a path as well. The patch I posted here deals with that
case as well. It does a remove_wait_queue() in that case.

unix_dgram_disconnected() gets called as you point out when we are removing
the remote peer, and I have a remove_wait_queue() in that case. The patch
I posted converts us back to a polling() against a single wait queue.

The wait structure that epoll()/select()/poll() adds to the peer wait
queue is really opaque to the unix code. The normal pattern is for
epoll()/select()/poll() to do the unregister, not the socket/fd that
we are waiting on. Further we could not just release all of the wait
queues in unix_dgram_disconnected() b/c there could be multiple waiters
there. So the POLLFREE thing really has to be done from the
unix_sock_destructor() path, since it going to free the entire queue.

In addition, I think that removing the the wait queue from
unix_dgram_disconnected() will still be broken, b/c we would need to
re-add to the remote peer via subsequent poll(), to get events if the
socket was re-connected to a new peer.



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