Re: [patch] avoid unaligned access when accessing poll stack

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Jes Sorensen wrote:
> I assume you mean select().
> Updated patch attached.

This fixes a few problems introduced by this patch.

  * Fixes two warnings caused by mixing "char *" and "long *" pointers

  * If SELECT_STACK_ALLOC is not a multiple of sizeof(long) then stack_fds[]
    would be less than SELECT_STACK_ALLOC bytes and could overflow later in
    the function.  Fixed by simply rearranging the test later to work on

    Currently SELECT_STACK_ALLOC is 256 so this doesn't happen, but it's
    nasty to have things like this hidden in the code.  What if later
    someone decides to change SELECT_STACK_ALLOC to 300?

  * I also changed "size" to be unsigned since that makes more sense and
    is less prone to overflow bugs.  I'm also a little scared by the
    "kmalloc(6 * size)" since that type of call is a classic multiply-overflow
    security hole (hence libc's calloc() API).  However "size" is constrained
    by fdt->max_fdset so I think it isn't exploitable.  The kernel doesn't
    have an overflow-safe API for kmalloc'ing arrays, does it?

Patch is vs current git HEAD.  Only compile/boot tested.

Signed-off-by: Mitchell Blank Jr <[email protected]>

diff --git a/fs/select.c b/fs/select.c
index 071660f..bd9c7db 100644
--- a/fs/select.c
+++ b/fs/select.c
@@ -311,7 +311,8 @@ static int core_sys_select(int n, fd_set
 	fd_set_bits fds;
 	char *bits;
-	int ret, size, max_fdset;
+	int ret, max_fdset;
+	unsigned int size;
 	struct fdtable *fdt;
 	/* Allocate small arguments on the stack to save memory and be faster */
 	long stack_fds[SELECT_STACK_ALLOC/sizeof(long)];
@@ -335,8 +336,8 @@ static int core_sys_select(int n, fd_set
 	ret = -ENOMEM;
 	size = FDS_BYTES(n);
-	if (6*size < SELECT_STACK_ALLOC)
-		bits = stack_fds;
+	if (size < sizeof(stack_fds) / 6)
+		bits = (char *) stack_fds;
 		bits = kmalloc(6 * size, GFP_KERNEL);
 	if (!bits)
@@ -373,7 +374,7 @@ static int core_sys_select(int n, fd_set
 		ret = -EFAULT;
-	if (bits != stack_fds)
+	if (bits != (char *) stack_fds)
 	return ret;
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