Re: [patch] groups: integer underflow in groups_alloc()

From: Eric W. Biederman
Date: Mon Feb 23 2015 - 12:13:35 EST

Dan Carpenter <dan.carpenter@xxxxxxxxxx> writes:

> This is called from rsc_parse() with a use controlled value. Say for
> example that "gidsetsize" is negative, then we could end up allocating
> less than sizeof(struct group_info) leading to memory corruption.

Right now it is the responsibility of the caller of groups_alloc to make
certain that gidsetsize is a valid value, and the callers of
groups_alloc who know what they are doing already validate this value.

Either the pattern of caller validates the messages needs to continue,
or groups_alloc needs to be changed and all of the callers need to be

Changing groups_alloc for one particular caller is just going to cause
maintenance problems.


> Signed-off-by: Dan Carpenter <dan.carpenter@xxxxxxxxxx>
> ---
> I copied the NGROUPS_MAX limit from the surrounding code, I'm not
> absolutely that it's the correct limit to use.
> diff --git a/kernel/groups.c b/kernel/groups.c
> index 664411f..e9341b3 100644
> --- a/kernel/groups.c
> +++ b/kernel/groups.c
> @@ -18,6 +18,9 @@ struct group_info *groups_alloc(int gidsetsize)
> int nblocks;
> int i;
> + if ((unsigned)gidsetsize > NGROUPS_MAX)
> + return NULL;
> +
> nblocks = (gidsetsize + NGROUPS_PER_BLOCK - 1) / NGROUPS_PER_BLOCK;
> /* Make sure we always allocate at least one indirect block pointer */
> nblocks = nblocks ? : 1;
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