[PATCH 4.9 28/32] xenbus/xenbus_backend: Disallow pending watch messages

From: Greg Kroah-Hartman
Date: Thu Jan 07 2021 - 09:19:02 EST

From: SeongJae Park <sjpark@xxxxxxxxx>

commit 9996bd494794a2fe393e97e7a982388c6249aa76 upstream.

'xenbus_backend' watches 'state' of devices, which is writable by
guests. Hence, if guests intensively updates it, dom0 will have lots of
pending events that exhausting memory of dom0. In other words, guests
can trigger dom0 memory pressure. This is known as XSA-349. However,
the watch callback of it, 'frontend_changed()', reads only 'state', so
doesn't need to have the pending events.

To avoid the problem, this commit disallows pending watch messages for
'xenbus_backend' using the 'will_handle()' watch callback.

This is part of XSA-349

Cc: stable@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxx
Signed-off-by: SeongJae Park <sjpark@xxxxxxxxx>
Reported-by: Michael Kurth <mku@xxxxxxxxx>
Reported-by: Pawel Wieczorkiewicz <wipawel@xxxxxxxxx>
Reviewed-by: Juergen Gross <jgross@xxxxxxxx>
Signed-off-by: Juergen Gross <jgross@xxxxxxxx>
Signed-off-by: Greg Kroah-Hartman <gregkh@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx>

drivers/xen/xenbus/xenbus_probe_backend.c | 7 +++++++
1 file changed, 7 insertions(+)

--- a/drivers/xen/xenbus/xenbus_probe_backend.c
+++ b/drivers/xen/xenbus/xenbus_probe_backend.c
@@ -181,6 +181,12 @@ static int xenbus_probe_backend(struct x
return err;

+static bool frontend_will_handle(struct xenbus_watch *watch,
+ const char **vec, unsigned int len)
+ return watch->nr_pending == 0;
static void frontend_changed(struct xenbus_watch *watch,
const char **vec, unsigned int len)
@@ -192,6 +198,7 @@ static struct xen_bus_type xenbus_backen
.levels = 3, /* backend/type/<frontend>/<id> */
.get_bus_id = backend_bus_id,
.probe = xenbus_probe_backend,
+ .otherend_will_handle = frontend_will_handle,
.otherend_changed = frontend_changed,
.bus = {
.name = "xen-backend",