Re: [PATCH v3 0/2] sysctl: handle overflow for file-max
From: Christian Brauner
Date: Sun Dec 09 2018 - 11:41:16 EST
On Mon, Oct 29, 2018 at 10:44 PM Kees Cook <keescook@xxxxxxxxxxxx> wrote:
> On Mon, Oct 29, 2018 at 7:58 AM, Christian Brauner <christian@xxxxxxxxxx> wrote:
> > On Wed, Oct 17, 2018 at 12:33:20AM +0200, Christian Brauner wrote:
> >> Hey,
> >> Here is v3 of this patchset. Changelogs are in the individual commits.
> >> Currently, when writing
> >> echo 18446744073709551616 > /proc/sys/fs/file-max
> >> /proc/sys/fs/file-max will overflow and be set to 0. That quickly
> >> crashes the system.
> >> The first version of this patch intended to detect the overflow and cap
> >> at ULONG_MAX. However, we should not do this and rather return EINVAL on
> >> overflow. The reasons are:
> >> - this aligns with other sysctl handlers that simply reject overflows
> >> (cf. , , and a bunch of others)
> >> - we already do a partial fail on overflow right now
> >> Namely, when the TMPBUFLEN is exceeded. So we already reject values
> >> such as 184467440737095516160 (21 chars) but accept values such as
> >> 18446744073709551616 (20 chars) but both are overflows. So we should
> >> just always reject 64bit overflows and not special-case this based on
> >> the number of chars.
> >> (This patchset is in reference to https://lkml.org/lkml/2018/10/11/585.)
> > Just so that we don't forget, can we make sure that this gets picked
> > into linux-next? :)
> I was hoping akpm would take this? Andrew, does the v3 look okay to you?
gentle ping again :)