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From: David Laight <David.Laight@ACULAB.COM>
To: 'Paul Burton' <>,
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Cc: "" <>,
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Subject: RE: [PATCH] MIPS: Use __copy_{to,from}_user() for emulated FP loads/stores
Date: Wed, 4 Dec 2019 11:14:08 +0000
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From: Paul Burton
> Sent: 03 December 2019 20:50
> Our FPU emulator currently uses __get_user() & __put_user() to perform
> emulated loads & stores. This is problematic because __get_user() &
> __put_user() are only suitable for naturally aligned memory accesses,
> and the address we're accessing is entirely under the control of
> userland.
> This allows userland to cause a kernel panic by simply performing an
> unaligned floating point load or store - the kernel will handle the
> address error exception by attempting to emulate the instruction, and in
> the process it may generate another address error exception itself.
> This time the exception is taken with EPC pointing at the kernels FPU
> emulation code, and we hit a die_if_kernel() in
> emulate_load_store_insn().

Won't this be true of almost all code that uses get_user() and put_user()
(with or without the leading __).

> Fix this up by using __copy_from_user() instead of __get_user() and
> __copy_to_user() instead of __put_user(). These replacements will handle
> arbitrary alignment without problems.

They'll also kill performance.....


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2019-12-03 20:49 Paul Burton
2019-12-04 11:14 ` David Laight [this message]
2019-12-04 15:40   ` Paul Burton
2019-12-04 16:18     ` David Laight

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