Re: [Xen-devel] [PATCH] xen: avoid writing to freed memory after race in p2m handling

From: David Vrabel
Date: Tue Oct 14 2014 - 12:44:00 EST

On 14/10/14 10:49, Juergen Gross wrote:
> On 10/14/2014 11:30 AM, David Vrabel wrote:
>> On 14/10/14 10:00, Juergen Gross wrote:
>>> In case a race was detected during allocation of a new p2m tree
>>> element in alloc_p2m() the new allocated mid_mfn page is freed without
>>> updating the pointer to the found value in the tree. This will result
>>> in overwriting the just freed page with the mfn of the p2m leaf.
>> Can this race actually happen? i.e., does this need tagging for stable?
> Good question. I just stumbled over it while writing the linear p2m-list
> patch.
> Is it possible for gnttab_map_refs() to call set_foreign_p2m_mapping()
> specifying a pfn which has been invalid before? In this case the race
> could happen in dom0.

Yes, if two backends map into ballooned pages from a region of
untouched, pre-ballooned memory. But these seems super rare and I
don't think there have been any bug reports that could be attributed to
this, so I don't think a stable backport is needed.

> I think ballooning alone can't trigger this race, as it is calling
> set_phys_to_machine() under lock only.


Applied to stable/for-linus-3.18.


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