Re: [patch for-3.7] fs, xattr: fix bug when removing a name not inxattr list
From: Al Viro
Date: Thu Oct 18 2012 - 00:33:51 EST
On Wed, Oct 17, 2012 at 08:55:49PM -0700, Hugh Dickins wrote:
> On Wed, 17 Oct 2012, David Rientjes wrote:
> > Commit 38f38657444d ("xattr: extract simple_xattr code from tmpfs") moved
> > some code from tmpfs but introduced a subtle bug along the way.
> > If the name passed to simple_xattr_remove() does not exist in the list of
> > xattrs, then it is possible to call kfree(new_xattr) when new_xattr is
> > actually initialized to itself on the stack via uninitialized_var().
> > This causes a BUG() since the memory was not allocated via the slab
> > allocator and was not bypassed through to the page allocator because it
> > was too large.
> > Initialize the local variable to NULL so the kfree() never takes place.
> > Reported-by: Fengguang Wu <fengguang.wu@xxxxxxxxx>
> > Signed-off-by: David Rientjes <rientjes@xxxxxxxxxx>
> Acked-by: Hugh Dickins <hughd@xxxxxxxxxx>
> Thank you both: a fine example of the danger of uninitialized_var()!
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