Re: [kernel-hardening] [PATCH v5 03/32] x86/cpa: In populate_pgd, don't set the pgd entry until it's populated
From: Ingo Molnar
Date: Fri Jul 22 2016 - 06:21:20 EST
* Andy Lutomirski <luto@xxxxxxxxxx> wrote:
> On 07/21/2016 09:43 PM, Valdis.Kletnieks@xxxxxx wrote:
> >On Mon, 11 Jul 2016 13:53:36 -0700, Andy Lutomirski said:
> >>This avoids pointless races in which another CPU or task might see a
> >>partially populated global pgd entry. These races should normally
> >>be harmless, but, if another CPU propagates the entry via
> >>vmalloc_fault and then populate_pgd fails (due to memory allocation
> >>failure, for example), this prevents a use-after-free of the pgd
> >>Signed-off-by: Andy Lutomirski <luto@xxxxxxxxxx>
> >> arch/x86/mm/pageattr.c | 9 ++++++---
> >> 1 file changed, 6 insertions(+), 3 deletions(-)
> >I just bisected a failure to boot down to this patch. On my Dell Latitude
> >laptop, it results in the kernel being loaded and then just basically sitting
> >there dead in the water - as far as I can tell, it dies before the kernel
> >ever gets going far enough to do any console I/O (even with ignore_loglevel).
> >Nothing in /sys/fs/pstore either. I admit not understanding the VM code
> >at all, so I don't have a clue *why* this causes indigestion...
> >CPU is an Intel Core i5-3340M in case that matters....
> How much memory do you have and what's your config? My code is obviously
> buggy, but I'm wondering why neither I nor the 0day bot caught this.
> The attached patch is compile-tested only. (Even Thunderbird doesn't want
> to send non-flowed text right now, sigh.)
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> From: Andy Lutomirski <luto@xxxxxxxxxx>
> Date: Thu, 21 Jul 2016 22:22:02 -0700
> Subject: [PATCH] x86/mm: Fix populate_pgd()
> I make an obvious error in populate_pgd() -- it would fail to correctly
> populate the page tables when it allocated a new pud page.
JFYI, on allnoconfig it gives:
arch/x86/mm/pageattr.c:1016:20: error: implicit declaration of function âpud_indexâ [-Werror=implicit-function-declaration]