Re: [PATCH] ima: fix deadlock within RCU list of ima_rules

From: THOBY Simon
Date: Fri Aug 27 2021 - 03:31:08 EST

Hi liqiong,

a few nits but nothing significant. This is getting in good shape!

On 8/27/21 8:41 AM, liqiong wrote:
> Hi Simon,
> Thanks for you help, i may got it, here is the new commit message:
> The current IMA ruleset is identified by the variable "ima_rules"
> that default to "&ima_default_rules". When loading a custom policy
> for the first time, the variable is updated to "&ima_policy_rules"
> instead. That update isn't RCU-safe, and deadlocks are possible.
> Because some functions like ima_match_policy() may loop indefinitely

s/Because/Indeed,/ (in english, sentences with a subordinating conjunction
like 'because' are usually written in two parts, and a dependent clause
standing by itself is rarely used except for stylistic effect)

> over traversing the "ima_default_rules" as list_for_each_entry_rcu().

s/over traversing the "ima_default_rules" as list_for_each_entry_rcu()/when traversing "ima_default_rules" with list_for_each_entry_rcu()./

> When iterating over the default ruleset back to head, value of
> "&entry->list" is "&ima_default_rules", and "ima_rules" may have been

s/value of "&entry->list" is "&ima_default_rules"/if the list head is "ima_default_rules"/
s/may have been/have been/

> updated to "&ima_policy_rules", the loop condition (&entry->list != ima_rules)
> stay alway true, traversing doesn't terminate, cause soft lockup and

Don't forget the 's' in "stays" (or "remains")
Ditto for "always"
s/traversing doesn't/traversing won't/
Also: s/cause/causing a/

> RCU stalls.
> Introduce a temporary value for "ima_rules" when iterating over
> the ruleset to avoid the deadlocks.
> Signed-off-by: liqiong <liqiong@xxxxxxxxxxxx>
> ---
> security/integrity/ima/ima_policy.c | 17 ++++++++++++-----
> 1 file changed, 12 insertions(+), 5 deletions(-)
> diff --git a/security/integrity/ima/ima_policy.c b/security/integrity/ima/ima_policy.c
> index fd5d46e511f1..e92b197bfd3c 100644
> --- a/security/integrity/ima/ima_policy.c
> +++ b/security/integrity/ima/ima_policy.c
> Thanks
> liqiong