[Cluster-devel] [RFC][arm64] possible infinite loop in btrfs search_ioctl()

Catalin Marinas catalin.marinas at arm.com
Tue Aug 31 16:01:58 UTC 2021

On Tue, Aug 31, 2021 at 03:28:57PM +0000, Al Viro wrote:
> On Tue, Aug 31, 2021 at 02:54:50PM +0100, Catalin Marinas wrote:
> > An arm64-specific workaround would be for pagefault_disable() to disable
> > tag checking. It's a pretty big hammer, weakening the out of bounds
> > access detection of MTE. My preference would be a fix in the btrfs code.
> > 
> > A btrfs option would be for copy_to_sk() to return an indication of
> > where the fault occurred and get fault_in_pages_writeable() to check
> > that location, even if the copying would restart from an earlier offset
> > (this requires open-coding copy_to_user_nofault()). An attempt below,
> > untested and does not cover read_extent_buffer_to_user_nofault():
> Umm...  There's another copy_to_user_nofault() call in the same function
> (same story, AFAICS).

Yeah, I was too lazy to do it all and I don't have a setup to test the
patch quickly either. BTW, my hack is missing an access_ok() check.

I wonder whether copy_{to,from}_user_nofault() could actually return the
number of bytes left to copy, just like their non-nofault counterparts.
These are only used in a few places, so fairly easy to change. If we go
for a btrfs fix along the lines of my diff, it saves us from duplicating
the copy_to_user_nofault() code.


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