[Linux-kernel-mentees] [SYZBOT REPORT] - WARNING: refcount bug in kobject_get

Jiunn Chang c0d1n61at3 at gmail.com
Tue Jun 18 21:56:13 UTC 2019


On Tue, Jun 18, 2019 at 03:49:13PM -0600, Shuah Khan wrote:
> On 6/18/19 3:12 PM, Jiunn Chang wrote:
> > Hello,
> > 
> > This is an analysis of:
> > 
> > https://syzkaller.appspot.com/bug?id=06c8522152c9325bf0f1a3dc5b33d1b95a47431f
> > 
> > I was able to reproduce crash on upstream v5.1-rc4 with gcc 9.1 using *.syz program.
> > Syzbot has found similiar warnings in 4.19 and 4.14.
> > 
> > Site of WARN_ON in lib/refcount.c from RIP:
> > 
> > void refcount_inc_checked(refcount_t *r)
> > {
> >          WARN_ONCE(!refcount_inc_not_zero_checked(r), "refcount_t: increment on 0; use-after-free.\n");
> > }
> > 
> > This warning is a precaution on RCU structures where there is a possible
> > use-after-free since RCU structures with a refcount of 0 are freed.
> > 
> > Backtrace stack sample:
> > 
> > [  596.532838][T10020]  kobject_get+0x66/0xc0
> > [  596.532838][T10020]  kobject_add_internal+0x14f/0x380
> > [  596.532838][T10020]  ? kfree_const+0x5e/0x70
> > [  596.532838][T10020]  kobject_add+0x150/0x1c0
> > [  596.532838][T10020]  ? kobject_add_internal+0x380/0x380
> > [  596.532838][T10020]  get_device_parent.isra.0+0x413/0x560
> > [  596.532838][T10020]  device_add+0x2df/0x17a0
> > [  596.532838][T10020]  ? get_device_parent.isra.0+0x560/0x560
> > [  596.532838][T10020]  ? start_creating+0x163/0x1e0
> > [  596.532838][T10020]  ? __sanitizer_cov_trace_const_cmp8+0x18/0x20
> > [  596.532838][T10020]  hci_register_dev+0x2e8/0x860
> > 
> > Since no *.c reproducer was provided, I generated one from the *.syz program.
> > 
> > #include <endian.h>
> > #include <stdint.h>
> > #include <stdio.h>
> > #include <stdlib.h>
> > #include <string.h>
> > #include <sys/syscall.h>
> > #include <sys/types.h>
> > #include <unistd.h>
> > 
> > uint64_t r[1] = {0xffffffffffffffff};
> > 
> > int main(void)
> > {
> >    syscall(__NR_mmap, 0x20000000, 0x1000000, 3, 0x32, -1, 0);
> >    intptr_t res = 0;
> >    memcpy((void*)0x20000000, "/dev/vhci\000", 10);
> >    res = syscall(__NR_openat, 0xffffffffffffff9c, 0x20000000, 0x246, 0);
> >    if (res != -1)
> >      r[0] = res;
> >    memcpy((void*)0x200000c0, "\xff\x80", 2);
> >    syscall(__NR_write, r[0], 0x200000c0, 2);
> >    return 0;
> > }
> > 
> > Analysis:
> > 
> >  From the C code, syzkaller is mapping a vhci device.  This will require
> > resources from the block layer.  I begin by looking at the call to
> > hci_register_dev from net/bluetooth/hci_core.c:3305.  There is a call to
> > device_add.
> > 
> > If I take a look at the kernel documentation, I see that device_register
> > is also in core.c.  device register will perform both an add and initialize.
> > The initialize is where the refcount is incremented to 1.  This can be seen
> > as device_initialize will call kobject_init and eventually call kref_init:
> > 
> 
> Right. You are on the right track so far.
> 
> > static inline void kref_init(struct kref *kref)
> > {
> >          refcount_set(&kref->refcount, 1);
> > }
> > 
> > I do not believe this is a bug in kobject_get.
> > 
> 
> That is correct. The problem isn't in kobject_get()
> 
> > Fix:
> > 
> > IMHO, the fix is to have hci_register_dev call device_initialize instead of
> > device_add.  I will be happy to submit a patch if this is the actual fix.  I
> > have listed the resources I used below.
> > 
> 
> You are right that device_initialize() should be called, but you still
> have to register the device. Calling device_initialize() instead of
> device_add() won't register the device.

  You are correct.  My fault, I mistyped my fix.  I meant that since
  device_register performs both device_initialize and
  device_add--device_register is what hci_register_dev should call.

  THX

> 
> thanks,
> -- Shuah
> 


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