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From: Christophe Leroy <>
To: Benjamin Herrenschmidt <>,
	Paul Mackerras <>,
	Michael Ellerman <>
Subject: [PATCH] powerpc/mm: don't log user reads to 0xffffffff
Date: Mon, 23 Dec 2019 07:54:22 +0000 (UTC)
Message-ID: <> (raw)

Running vdsotest leaves many times the following log:

[   79.629901] vdsotest[396]: User access of kernel address (ffffffff) - exploit attempt? (uid: 0)

A pointer set to (-1) is likely a programming error similar to
a NULL pointer and is not worth logging as an exploit attempt.

Don't log user accesses to 0xffffffff.

Signed-off-by: Christophe Leroy <>
 arch/powerpc/mm/fault.c | 3 +++
 1 file changed, 3 insertions(+)

diff --git a/arch/powerpc/mm/fault.c b/arch/powerpc/mm/fault.c
index b5047f9b5dec..d3b4d444bf3c 100644
--- a/arch/powerpc/mm/fault.c
+++ b/arch/powerpc/mm/fault.c
@@ -354,6 +354,9 @@ static void sanity_check_fault(bool is_write, bool is_user,
 	 * Userspace trying to access kernel address, we get PROTFAULT for that.
 	if (is_user && address >= TASK_SIZE) {
+		if ((long)address == -1)
+			return;
 		pr_crit_ratelimited("%s[%d]: User access of kernel address (%lx) - exploit attempt? (uid: %d)\n",
 				   current->comm, current->pid, address,
 				   from_kuid(&init_user_ns, current_uid()));

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