Re: [PATCH] ovl: explicitly initialize error in ovl_copy_xattr()

From: Kees Cook
Date: Wed Jun 03 2020 - 16:35:15 EST

On Wed, Jun 03, 2020 at 07:47:14PM +0200, glider@xxxxxxxxxx wrote:
> Under certain circumstances (we found this out running Docker on a
> Clang-built kernel with CONFIG_INIT_STACK_ALL) ovl_copy_xattr() may
> return uninitialized value of |error| from ovl_copy_xattr().
> It is then returned by ovl_create() to lookup_open(), which casts it to
> an invalid dentry pointer, that can be further read or written by the
> lookup_open() callers.
> Signed-off-by: Alexander Potapenko <glider@xxxxxxxxxx>

Fixes: e4ad29fa0d22 ("ovl: use a minimal buffer in ovl_copy_xattr")
Cc: stable@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxx
Reviewed-by: Kees Cook <keescook@xxxxxxxxxxxx>

It seems the error isn't reported anywhere, so the value likely isn't
too important. -EINVAL seems sane to me.

Thought: should CONFIG_INIT_STACK_ALL=y disable uninitialized_var()?

$ git grep uninitialized_var | wc -l

We have evidence this is being used inappropriately and is masking bugs.
I would actually think it should should be removed globally, but it
seems especially important for CONFIG_INIT_STACK_ALL=y.

I've opened:

Kees Cook