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Cc:,,,,, Alexander Potapenko <>
Subject: [PATCH] ovl: explicitly initialize error in ovl_copy_xattr()
Date: Thu,  4 Jun 2020 10:42:45 +0200	[thread overview]
Message-ID: <> (raw)

Under certain circumstances (we found this out running Docker on a
Clang-built kernel with CONFIG_INIT_STACK_ALL) ovl_copy_xattr() may
return uninitialized value of |error| from ovl_copy_xattr().
It is then returned by ovl_create() to lookup_open(), which casts it to
an invalid dentry pointer, that can be further read or written by the
lookup_open() callers.

The uninitialized value is returned when all the xattr on the file
are ovl_is_private_xattr(), which is actually a successful case,
therefore we initialize |error| with 0.

Signed-off-by: Alexander Potapenko <>
Cc: Kees Cook <>
Cc: Roy Yang <>
Cc: <> # 4.1


The bug seem to date back to at least v4.1 where the annotation has been
introduced (i.e. the compilers started noticing error could be used
before being initialized). I hovever didn't try to prove that the
problem is actually reproducible on such ancient kernels. We've seen it
on a real machine running v4.4 as well.

 -- Per Vivek Goyal's suggestion, changed |error| to be 0
 fs/overlayfs/copy_up.c | 2 +-
 1 file changed, 1 insertion(+), 1 deletion(-)

diff --git a/fs/overlayfs/copy_up.c b/fs/overlayfs/copy_up.c
index 9709cf22cab3..07e0d1961e96 100644
--- a/fs/overlayfs/copy_up.c
+++ b/fs/overlayfs/copy_up.c
@@ -47,7 +47,7 @@ int ovl_copy_xattr(struct dentry *old, struct dentry *new)
 	ssize_t list_size, size, value_size = 0;
 	char *buf, *name, *value = NULL;
-	int uninitialized_var(error);
+	int error = 0;
 	size_t slen;
 	if (!(old->d_inode->i_opflags & IOP_XATTR) ||

             reply	other threads:[~2020-06-04  8:43 UTC|newest]

Thread overview: 10+ messages / expand[flat|nested]  mbox.gz  Atom feed  top
2020-06-04  8:42 glider [this message]
2020-06-04  8:57 ` [PATCH] ovl: explicitly initialize error in ovl_copy_xattr() Miklos Szeredi
2020-06-04 16:00   ` Kees Cook
2020-06-04 15:57 ` Kees Cook
2020-06-05  9:46   ` Alexander Potapenko
2020-06-05  9:54   ` Miklos Szeredi
  -- strict thread matches above, loose matches on Subject: below --
2020-06-03 17:47 glider
2020-06-03 20:35 ` Kees Cook
2020-06-03 21:46 ` Vivek Goyal
2020-06-04  8:28   ` Alexander Potapenko

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