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From: Lakshmi Ramasubramanian <>
Subject: [PATCH] IMA: inconsistent lock state in ima_process_queued_keys
Date: Wed, 15 Jan 2020 19:13:42 -0800
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ima_queued_keys() is called from a non-interrupt context, but
ima_process_queued_keys() may be called from both an interrupt
context (ima_timer_handler) and non-interrupt context
(ima_update_policy). Since the spinlock named ima_keys_lock is used
in both ima_queued_keys() and ima_process_queued_keys(),
irq version of the spinlock macros, spin_lock_irqsave() and
spin_unlock_irqrestore(), should be used[1].

This patch fixes the "inconsistent lock state" issue caused by
using the non-irq version of the spinlock macros in ima_queue_key()
and ima_process_queued_keys().

[1] Documentation/locking/spinlocks.rst

Signed-off-by: Lakshmi Ramasubramanian <>
Reported-by: syzbot <>
Suggested-by: Dmitry Vyukov <>
Fixes: 8f5d2d06f217 ("IMA: Defined timer to free queued keys")
Fixes: 9fb38e76b5f1 ("IMA: Define workqueue for early boot key measurements")
 security/integrity/ima/ima_asymmetric_keys.c | 10 ++++++----
 1 file changed, 6 insertions(+), 4 deletions(-)

diff --git a/security/integrity/ima/ima_asymmetric_keys.c b/security/integrity/ima/ima_asymmetric_keys.c
index 61e478f9e819..381f51708e7b 100644
--- a/security/integrity/ima/ima_asymmetric_keys.c
+++ b/security/integrity/ima/ima_asymmetric_keys.c
@@ -103,17 +103,18 @@ static bool ima_queue_key(struct key *keyring, const void *payload,
 	bool queued = false;
 	struct ima_key_entry *entry;
+	unsigned long flags;
 	entry = ima_alloc_key_entry(keyring, payload, payload_len);
 	if (!entry)
 		return false;
-	spin_lock(&ima_keys_lock);
+	spin_lock_irqsave(&ima_keys_lock, flags);
 	if (!ima_process_keys) {
 		list_add_tail(&entry->list, &ima_keys);
 		queued = true;
-	spin_unlock(&ima_keys_lock);
+	spin_unlock_irqrestore(&ima_keys_lock, flags);
 	if (!queued)
@@ -131,6 +132,7 @@ void ima_process_queued_keys(void)
 	struct ima_key_entry *entry, *tmp;
 	bool process = false;
+	unsigned long flags;
 	if (ima_process_keys)
@@ -141,12 +143,12 @@ void ima_process_queued_keys(void)
 	 * First one setting the ima_process_keys flag to true will
 	 * process the queued keys.
-	spin_lock(&ima_keys_lock);
+	spin_lock_irqsave(&ima_keys_lock, flags);
 	if (!ima_process_keys) {
 		ima_process_keys = true;
 		process = true;
-	spin_unlock(&ima_keys_lock);
+	spin_unlock_irqrestore(&ima_keys_lock, flags);
 	if (!process)

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2020-01-16  3:13 Lakshmi Ramasubramanian [this message]
2020-01-16 13:10 ` Mimi Zohar

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