[Linux-kernel-mentees] [PATCH v2] net: ipv6: fix use-after-free Read in __xfrm6_tunnel_spi_lookup

B K Karthik bkkarthik at pesu.pes.edu
Sun Jul 26 06:12:43 UTC 2020

On Sun, Jul 26, 2020 at 11:05 AM Cong Wang <xiyou.wangcong at gmail.com> wrote:
> On Sat, Jul 25, 2020 at 8:09 PM B K Karthik <bkkarthik at pesu.pes.edu> wrote:
> > @@ -103,10 +103,10 @@ static int __xfrm6_tunnel_spi_check(struct net *net, u32 spi)
> >  {
> >         struct xfrm6_tunnel_net *xfrm6_tn = xfrm6_tunnel_pernet(net);
> >         struct xfrm6_tunnel_spi *x6spi;
> > -       int index = xfrm6_tunnel_spi_hash_byspi(spi);
> > +       int index = xfrm6_tunnel_spi_hash_byaddr((const xfrm_address_t *)spi);
> >
> >         hlist_for_each_entry(x6spi,
> > -                            &xfrm6_tn->spi_byspi[index],
> > +                            &xfrm6_tn->spi_byaddr[index],
> >                              list_byspi) {
> >                 if (x6spi->spi == spi)
> How did you convince yourself this is correct? This lookup is still
> using spi. :)

I'm sorry, but my intention behind writing this patch was not to fix
the UAF, but to fix a slab-out-of-bound.
If required, I can definitely change the subject line and resend the
patch, but I figured this was correct for
. since that particular report did not have a reproducer,
Dmitry Vyukov <dvyukov at google.com> suggested that I test this patch on
other reports for xfrm/spi .

Forgive me if this was the wrong way to send a patch for that
particular report, but I guessed since the reproducer did not trigger
the crash
for UAF, I would leave the subject line as 'fix UAF' :)

xfrm6_spi_hash_by_hash seemed more convincing because I had to prevent
a slab-out-of-bounds because it uses ipv6_addr_hash.
It would be of great help if you could help me understand how this was
able to fix a UAF.

> More importantly, can you explain how UAF happens? Apparently
> the syzbot stack traces you quote make no sense at all. I also
> looked at other similar reports, none of them makes sense to me.

Forgive me, but I do not understand what you mean by the stack traces
(this or other similar reports) "make no sense".

I apologise if this message was hurtful / disrespectful in any manner.


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