[Linux-kernel-mentees] [PATCH 0/3] Prevent out-of-bounds access for built-in font data buffers

Daniel Vetter daniel at ffwll.ch
Tue Sep 29 09:09:45 UTC 2020

On Fri, Sep 25, 2020 at 11:35:09AM -0400, Peilin Ye wrote:
> On Fri, Sep 25, 2020 at 03:25:51PM +0200, Daniel Vetter wrote:
> > I think the only way to make this work is that we have one place which
> > takes in the userspace uapi struct, and then converts it once into a
> > kernel_console_font. With all the error checking.
> Ah, I didn't think of that! When trying to introduce
> `kernel_console_font` I ended up using the uapi version and the kernel
> version in parallel...
> > Then all internal code deals in terms of kernel_console_font, with
> > properly typed and named struct members and helper functions and
> > everything. And we might need a gradual conversion for this, so that first
> > we can convert over invidual console drivers, then subsystems, until at
> > the end we've pushed the conversion from uapi array to kernel_console_font
> > all the way to the ioctl entry points.
> > 
> > But that's indeed a huge pile of work, and fair warning: fbcon is
> > semi-orphaned, so by doing this you'll pretty much volunteer for
> > maintainership :-)
> >
> > But I'd be very happy to help get this done and throw some maintainership
> > credentials at you in the proces ...
> Sounds exciting, I will be glad to do this! I'm just a beginner, but I
> will try to do what I can do.

If you want to follow along a bit I think would be good to subscribe to
the dri-devel mailing list. At least for all the fbcon/fbdev/gpu stuff.

I don't think there's a dedicated list for vt/console stuff, aside from
Greg's inbox :-)
Daniel Vetter
Software Engineer, Intel Corporation

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