Re: [uaccess] 780464aed0: WARNING:at_arch/x86/include/asm/uaccess.h:#strnlen_user/0x
From: Masami Hiramatsu
Date: Mon Mar 04 2019 - 21:36:46 EST
On Mon, 4 Mar 2019 10:59:22 -0800
Linus Torvalds <torvalds@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx> wrote:
> On Mon, Mar 4, 2019 at 1:06 AM Masami Hiramatsu <mhiramat@xxxxxxxxxx> wrote:
> > On Sun, 3 Mar 2019 18:37:59 -0800
> > Linus Torvalds <torvalds@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx> wrote:
> > > We've had this before. We've gotten rid of the actual "use system
> > > calls", but we still have some of the init sequence in particular just
> > > calling the wrappers instead.
> > Are those safe if we are in init sequence?
> Yes, they are, it runs with set_fs(KERNEL_DS).
> But the patches made that now complain about copying from non-user
> space, even though it's fine.
> Basically, "strncpy_from_user()" shouldn't use "user_access_ok()",
> since it actually can take a kernel address (with set_fs()).
OK, so strncpy_from_user() or any other copy_from_user() should be
available for copying kernel memory if set_fs(KERNEL_DS).
> Your "unsafe" version for tracing that actually sets "set_fs(USER_DS)"
> is thje only thing that should use that helper.
I see, it ensures it is accessing user-memory.
> > > And yes, ksys_mount() takes __user pointers.
> > >
> > > It would be a lot better to use "do_mount()", which is the interface
> > > that takes actual "char *" pointers.
> > Unfortunately, it still takes a __user pointer.
> Ahh, yes, the name remains in user space.
> Besides, I'm sure you'd just hit other cases instead where people use
> set_fs() and copy strings.
Yeah, under init/ I saw such cases.
> > So what we need is
> > long do_mount(const char *dev_name, struct path *dir_path,
> > const char *type_page, unsigned long flags, void *data_page)
> > or introduce kern_do_mount()?
> It's actually fairly painful. Particularly because of that "void *data_page".
Yeah, that is what I've hit while testing :-(
> Your second email with "Would this work?" helper function _wopuldn't_
> work correctly, exactly because you passed in a regular string to the
> data page.
> Also, I don't want to see code that replaces the unconditional "copy
> path from user space" with a conditional "do we have path in kernel
Yes, that's just a hack :)
> So together with the whole "uyou'll hit other peoblems anyway", I
> don't think this is a good approach.
> I think you simply need to have a separate "unsafe_strncpy()"
> function, and not change the existing "strncpy_from_user()".
Would you mean implementing yet another "strncpy_from_user without
What we changed here is just use user_access_ok() instead access_ok()
in user_access_begin() because access_ok() may cause false-positive
warning if we use it in IRQ.
I think the better way to do this is allowing strncpy_from_user()
if some conditions are match, like
- strncpy_from_user() will be able to copy user memory with set_fs(USER_DS)
- strncpy_from_user() can copy kernel memory with set_fs(KERNEL_DS)
- strncpy_from_user() can access unsafe memory in IRQ context if
pagefault is disabled.
This is almost done, except for CONFIG_DEBUG_ATOMIC_SLEEP=y on x86.
So, what about adding a condition to WARN_ON_IN_IRQ() like below
instead of introducing user_access_ok() ?
diff --git a/arch/x86/include/asm/uaccess.h b/arch/x86/include/asm/uaccess.h
index 780f2b42c8ef..ec0f0b74c9ab 100644
@@ -70,7 +70,7 @@ static inline bool __chk_range_not_ok(unsigned long addr, unsigned long size, un
-# define WARN_ON_IN_IRQ() WARN_ON_ONCE(!in_task())
+# define WARN_ON_IN_IRQ() WARN_ON_ONCE(pagefault_disabled() && !in_task())
# define WARN_ON_IN_IRQ()
Of course we have to move pagefault_disabled() macro in somewhere better place.
Masami Hiramatsu <mhiramat@xxxxxxxxxx>