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From: Michael Ellerman <mpe@ellerman.id.au>
To: Leonardo Bras <leonardo@linux.ibm.com>,
	kvm-ppc@vger.kernel.org, linuxppc-dev@lists.ozlabs.org,
	linux-kernel@vger.kernel.org
Cc: Leonardo Bras <leonardo@linux.ibm.com>
Subject: Re: [PATCH v2 1/4] powerpc/kvm/book3s: Fixes possible 'use after release' of kvm
Date: Tue, 12 Nov 2019 15:57:40 +1100
Message-ID: <87mud13d4r.fsf@mpe.ellerman.id.au> (raw)
In-Reply-To: <20191107170258.36379-2-leonardo@linux.ibm.com>

Hi Leonardo,

Leonardo Bras <leonardo@linux.ibm.com> writes:
> Fixes a possible 'use after free' of kvm variable in
> kvm_vm_ioctl_create_spapr_tce, where it does a mutex_unlock(&kvm->lock)
> after a kvm_put_kvm(kvm).

There is no potential for an actual use after free here AFAICS.

> diff --git a/arch/powerpc/kvm/book3s_64_vio.c b/arch/powerpc/kvm/book3s_64_vio.c
> index 5834db0a54c6..a402ead833b6 100644
> --- a/arch/powerpc/kvm/book3s_64_vio.c
> +++ b/arch/powerpc/kvm/book3s_64_vio.c

The preceeding context is:

	mutex_lock(&kvm->lock);

	/* Check this LIOBN hasn't been previously allocated */
	ret = 0;
	list_for_each_entry(siter, &kvm->arch.spapr_tce_tables, list) {
		if (siter->liobn == args->liobn) {
			ret = -EBUSY;
			break;
		}
	}

	kvm_get_kvm(kvm);
	if (!ret)
		ret = anon_inode_getfd("kvm-spapr-tce", &kvm_spapr_tce_fops,
				       stt, O_RDWR | O_CLOEXEC);

> @@ -316,14 +316,13 @@ long kvm_vm_ioctl_create_spapr_tce(struct kvm *kvm,
>  
>  	if (ret >= 0)
>  		list_add_rcu(&stt->list, &kvm->arch.spapr_tce_tables);
> -	else
> -		kvm_put_kvm(kvm);
>  
>  	mutex_unlock(&kvm->lock);
>  
>  	if (ret >= 0)
>  		return ret;
>  
> +	kvm_put_kvm(kvm);
>  	kfree(stt);
>   fail_acct:
>  	account_locked_vm(current->mm, kvmppc_stt_pages(npages), false);


If the kvm_put_kvm() you've moved actually caused the last reference to
be dropped that would mean that our caller had passed us a kvm struct
without holding a reference to it, and that would be a bug in our
caller.

Or put another way, it would mean the mutex_lock() above could already
be operating on a freed kvm struct.

The kvm_get_kvm() prior to the anon_inode_getfd() is to account for the
reference that's held by the `stt` struct, and dropped in
kvm_spapr_tce_release().

So although this patch isn't wrong, the explanation is not accurate.

cheers

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Thread overview: 8+ messages / expand[flat|nested]  mbox.gz  Atom feed  top
2019-11-07 17:02 [PATCH v2 0/4] Replace current->mm by kvm->mm on powerpc/kvm Leonardo Bras
2019-11-07 17:02 ` [PATCH v2 1/4] powerpc/kvm/book3s: Fixes possible 'use after release' of kvm Leonardo Bras
2019-11-12  4:57   ` Michael Ellerman [this message]
2019-11-14 18:43     ` Leonardo Bras
2019-11-21 13:24       ` Leonardo Bras
2019-11-07 17:02 ` [PATCH v2 2/4] powerpc/kvm/book3s: Replace current->mm by kvm->mm Leonardo Bras
2019-11-07 17:02 ` [PATCH v2 3/4] powerpc/kvm/book3e: " Leonardo Bras
2019-11-07 17:02 ` [PATCH v2 4/4] powerpc/kvm/e500: " Leonardo Bras

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