Re: [PATCH] x86: uaccess: fix regression in unsafe_get_user

From: Al Viro
Date: Sat Feb 16 2019 - 18:47:16 EST

On Sat, Feb 16, 2019 at 02:50:15PM -0800, Andy Lutomirski wrote:

> What is the actual problem? Weâre not actually demand-faulting this data, are we? Are we just overrunning the buffer because the from_user helpers are too clever? Can we fix it for real by having the fancy helpers do *aligned* loads so that they donât overrun the buffer? Heck, this might be faster, too.

Unaligned _stores_ are not any cheaper, and you'd get one hell of
extra arithmetics from trying to avoid both. Check something
like e.g. memcpy() on alpha, where you really have to keep all
accesses aligned, both on load and on store side.

Can't we just pad the buffers a bit? Making sure that name_buf
and symlink_buf are _not_ followed by unmapped pages shouldn't
be hard. Both are allocated by kmalloc(), so...

What am I missing here?