[PATCH 3/3] drm/vmwgfx: fix potential UAF in vmwgfx_surface.c

Desmond Cheong Zhi Xi desmondcheongzx at gmail.com
Fri Jul 23 06:44:35 UTC 2021

On 23/7/21 3:17 am, Zack Rusin wrote:
> On 7/22/21 5:29 AM, Desmond Cheong Zhi Xi wrote:
>> drm_file.master should be protected by either drm_device.master_mutex
>> or drm_file.master_lookup_lock when being dereferenced. However,
>> drm_master_get is called on unprotected file_priv->master pointers in
>> vmw_surface_define_ioctl and vmw_gb_surface_define_internal.
>> This is fixed by replacing drm_master_get with drm_file_get_master.
>> Signed-off-by: Desmond Cheong Zhi Xi <desmondcheongzx at gmail.com>
> Reviewed-by: Zack Rusin <zackr at vmware.com>
> Thanks for taking the time to fix this. Apart from the clear logic 
> error, do you happen to know under what circumstances would this be hit? 
> We have someone looking at writing some vmwgfx specific igt tests and I 
> was wondering if I could add this to the list.
> z

Hi Zack,

Thanks for the review.

For some context, the use-after-free happens when there's a race between 
accessing the value of drm_file.master, and a call to 
drm_setmaster_ioctl. If drm_file is not the creator of master, then the 
ioctl allocates a new master for drm_file and puts the old master.

Thus for example, the old value of drm_file.master could be freed in 
between getting the value of file_priv->master, and the call to 

I'm not entirely sure whether this scenario is a good candidate for a test?

For further reference, the issue was originally caught by Syzbot here:

And from the logs it seems that the reproducer set up a race between 
between VMW_CREATE_SURFACE and DRM_IOCTL_SET_MASTER could trigger the 
same bug.

Best wishes,

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