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From: Hugh Dickins <hughd <at> google.com>
Subject: Re: [patch for-3.7] fs, xattr: fix bug when removing a name not in xattr list
Newsgroups: gmane.linux.kernel.lsm
Date: Thursday 18th October 2012 03:55:49 UTC (over 5 years ago)
On Wed, 17 Oct 2012, David Rientjes wrote:

> Commit 38f38657444d ("xattr: extract simple_xattr code from tmpfs") moved
> some code from tmpfs but introduced a subtle bug along the way.
> 
> If the name passed to simple_xattr_remove() does not exist in the list of
> xattrs, then it is possible to call kfree(new_xattr) when new_xattr is
> actually initialized to itself on the stack via uninitialized_var().
> 
> This causes a BUG() since the memory was not allocated via the slab
> allocator and was not bypassed through to the page allocator because it
> was too large.
> 
> Initialize the local variable to NULL so the kfree() never takes place.
> 
> Reported-by: Fengguang Wu 
> Signed-off-by: David Rientjes 

Acked-by: Hugh Dickins 

Thank you both: a fine example of the danger of uninitialized_var()!

> ---
>  fs/xattr.c |    2 +-
>  1 file changed, 1 insertion(+), 1 deletion(-)
> 
> diff --git a/fs/xattr.c b/fs/xattr.c
> --- a/fs/xattr.c
> +++ b/fs/xattr.c
> @@ -846,7 +846,7 @@ static int __simple_xattr_set(struct simple_xattrs
*xattrs, const char *name,
>  			      const void *value, size_t size, int flags)
>  {
>  	struct simple_xattr *xattr;
> -	struct simple_xattr *uninitialized_var(new_xattr);
> +	struct simple_xattr *new_xattr = NULL;
>  	int err = 0;
>  
>  	/* value == NULL means remove */
> 
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