Re: [tpmdd-devel] [PATCH] vTPM: Fix missing NULL check
From: Hon Ching(Vicky) Lo
Date: Wed Mar 08 2017 - 15:28:35 EST
On Wed, 2017-03-08 at 10:17 -0700, Jason Gunthorpe wrote:
> On Tue, Mar 07, 2017 at 11:12:43PM -0500, Hon Ching(Vicky) Lo wrote:
> > On Mon, 2017-03-06 at 16:19 -0700, Jason Gunthorpe wrote:
> > > Also, how does locking work here? Does the vio core prevent
> > > tpm_ibmvtpm_get_desired_dma and tpm_ibmvtpm_remove from running
> > > concurrently?
> > No, vio core doesn't prevent tpm_ibmvtpm_get_desired_dma and tpm_ibmvtpm_remove
> > from running concurrently.
> > vio_bus_probe calls vio_cmo_bus_probe which calls tpm_ibmvtpm_get_desired_dma.
> > tpm_ibmvtpm_get_desired_dma is called before the code enters critical section.
> > There is no locking mechanism around tpm_ibmvtpm_remove in vio_bus_remove.
> > What's the concern here?
> tpm_ibmvtpm_remove makes the pointer that tpm_ibmvtpm_get_desired_dma
> is accessing invalid, so some kind of locking is technically required
> so that the two things do not create a use after free race:
I don't think we need to worry about locking in this specific case.
tpm_ibmvtpm_get_desired_dma was designed to return a default value
in the case when the chip is not available.
There is a locking mechanism between the probe and the remove at vio
level. The 'get_desired_dma' is called before acquiring a lock
within the probe code is rather a design than a bug.
> > > + /* For tpm_ibmvtpm_get_desired_dma */
> > > + dev_set_drvdata(&vdev->dev, NULL);
> > > kfree(ibmvtpm);
> Eg with the kfree above.
> It may be that the driver core prevents probe/remove from running
> concurrently and things are fine, but this is something to confirm..