[Linux-kernel-mentees] [SYZBOT REPORT] - BUG: unable to handle kernel NULL

Jiunn Chang c0d1n61at3 at gmail.com
Fri Jun 28 08:31:16 UTC 2019

pointer dereference in hci_uart_set_flow_control


This is an analysis of the following Syzbot report:


I am able to reproduce this crash on upstream.  The .config is for v5.1-rc1, so
that is what I tested with.  I compiled with gcc 9.1 and used the syz program
provided in the report.

The RIP register is null, so I had to fallback on the trace to find the site of
the error.


[   74.096479][ T1179] Call Trace:
[   74.096479][ T1179]  hci_uart_set_flow_control+0x4fb/0x680
[   74.096479][ T1179]  mrvl_setup+0x22/0x110
[   74.096479][ T1179]  hci_uart_setup+0x2b0/0x530
[   74.096479][ T1179]  hci_dev_do_open+0x78c/0x1780
[   74.096479][ T1179]  hci_power_on+0x10d/0x580

The trace begins when an hci device being registered and a worker thread call to
hci_power_on().  The last call in the trace is to mrvl_setup() calling
hci_uart_set_flow_control().  The exact line of the error is:

status = tty->driver->ops->tiocmget(tty);

The above line is in hci_ldisc.c:327.

The syz program is below:

r0 = openat$ptmx(0xffffffffffffff9c, &(0x7f0000000000)='/dev/ptmx\x00', 0x0, 0x0)
ioctl$TCSETS(r0, 0x40045431, &(0x7f00005befdc))
r1 = syz_open_pts(r0, 0x0)
ioctl$TIOCSETD(r1, 0x5423, &(0x7f00000000c0)=0xf)
ioctl$PIO_FONTRESET(r1, 0x400455c8, 0xb)


The syz program begins by mapping a ptmx device for a ptm/pts pair.  The program
then proceeds to set serial port settings and line discipline.  If look at the line
there the null dereference occurs, it appears that some operations on some drivers
may not be needed or supported.  I do not know enough about the device core to make
that determination.  I begin by looking for any patches that deal with

I find this patch:  https://patchwork.kernel.org/patch/9985313/

It appears that this patch is already in the branch so this is not the fix.  I then
look for patches that deal with tiocmget().  I find the following patch by Shuah:


This patch is along the same lines at the the bug I am seeing.  The discussion in
this patch mentions that setting line discipline on a master pty should not happen.
So I grab v2 of that patch here: https://lore.kernel.org/patchwork/patch/1037692/

I apply this patch and test again so see if this fixes the bug but got the same
trace.  I look harder for anything related to tiocmget() and finally find this patch:


I apply this patch, compile and test again.  No more trace this time.  Looks like this
patch works and it will fix this bug.


This patch will fix this bug:


This patch will check to see if tiocmget or tiocmset is null in hci_uart_tty_open().
If either are null -EOPNOTSUPP is returned.


man ioctl_tty
man console_ioctl



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