Re: [PATCH 1/1] nilfs2: fix potential memory overrun on inode

From: Andrew Morton
Date: Fri Feb 20 2015 - 16:58:47 EST

On Fri, 20 Feb 2015 22:46:35 +0900 Ryusuke Konishi <konishi.ryusuke@xxxxxxxxxxxxx> wrote:

> Each inode of nilfs2 stores a root node of a b-tree, and it turned out
> to have a memory overrun issue:
> Each b-tree node of nilfs2 stores a set of key-value pairs and the
> number of them (in "bn_nchildren" member of nilfs_btree_node struct),
> as well as a few other "bn_*" members.
> Since the value of "bn_nchildren" is used for operations on the
> key-values within the b-tree node, it can cause memory access overrun
> if a large number is incorrectly set to "bn_nchildren".
> For instance, nilfs_btree_node_lookup() function determines the range
> of binary search with it, and too large "bn_nchildren" leads
> nilfs_btree_node_get_key() in that function to overrun.
> As for intermediate b-tree nodes, this is prevented by a sanity check
> performed when each node is read from a drive, however, no sanity
> check has been done for root nodes stored in inodes.
> This patch fixes the issue by adding missing sanity check against
> b-tree root nodes so that it's called when on-memory inodes are read
> from ifile, inode metadata file.

How would one trigger this overrun? Mount an fs with a deliberately
corrupted/inconsistent fs image?

Memory overrun sounds nasty so I'm thinking we add cc:stable to this
one. OK?

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