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SubjectRe: [PATCH] kernfs: fix UAF race condition in __kernfs_remove()


On Sun, Sep 25, 2022 at 10:52:56PM +0900, Tetsuo Handa wrote:
> On 2022/09/25 22:40, Greg Kroah-Hartman wrote:
> > On Sun, Sep 25, 2022 at 10:20:27PM +0900, Tetsuo Handa wrote:
> >> On 2022/09/25 22:13, Greg Kroah-Hartman wrote:
> >>> Isn't this already handled by:
> >>>
> >>>
> >>> that will show up in the next linux-next tree.
> >>
> >> Oh, I didn't know that patch.
> >>
> >> But is that patch complete, for there are three __kernfs_remove() callers?
> >>
> >
> > syzbot seems to think it works :)
> syzbot's reproducer tested only kernfs_remove_by_name_ns() case.
> I'm not sure whether e.g. __kernfs_remove() from kernfs_remove() is safe.

I had an older version of the patch that was rejected by Tejun Heo
on the grounds that external kernfs_remove callers must hold a reference
on their own or the race can happen even befor kernfs_remoe takes the

for the details. I did convince myself that other callers of
kernfs_remove() have other means to ensure that there are no parallel
removes for the same node.

IMHO the kernfs interface's use of ref-counts is slightly unintuitive
but I think it is safe, now.

regards Christian

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