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SubjectRe: [PATCH] misc: hpilo: Fix use-after-free in ilo_open
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On Sat, Dec 31, 2022 at 10:06:19PM +0900, Yoochan Lee wrote:
> Thanks.
> Since I don't have a real device, it is difficult to verify the bug dynamically.
> However, this type of race condition (i.e., b/w remove device and
> fops) is prevalently founded recently[1-3].
> Therefore, I think this bug can be triggered if a real device exists.

And how can this device actually be removed from the system? Is that
possible with this hardware?

> The main reason for this race condition (i.e., b/w detach and fops) is
> there is no proper lock mechanism.
> I think the detach device function is delayed until the other
> operations (e.g., fops) is finished.
> To this end, I use kref to wait for the other operations.

And again, this is not the correct solution as you have way too many
reference counts happening here. Please become more familiar with how
these all work before adding another one and causing more problems like
this patch did :(

> The tool I am making is currently under development, and it can find
> the race condition between detach function and fops.

Then you MUST document this as it looks like your tool needs work.
Please read Documentation/process/researcher-guidelines.rst for what you
MUST do if you use a tool to find "issues" and send out random patches.

good luck!

greg k-h

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