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Date:   Fri, 13 Aug 2021 09:08:47 -0700
From:   Kees Cook <keescook@...omium.org>
To:     Johannes Berg <johannes@...solutions.net>
Cc:     "David S. Miller" <davem@...emloft.net>,
        Jakub Kicinski <kuba@...nel.org>,
        "Gustavo A. R. Silva" <gustavoars@...nel.org>,
        Keith Packard <keithpac@...zon.com>,
        Greg Kroah-Hartman <gregkh@...uxfoundation.org>,
        Andrew Morton <akpm@...ux-foundation.org>,
        linux-kernel@...r.kernel.org, linux-wireless@...r.kernel.org,
        netdev@...r.kernel.org, dri-devel@...ts.freedesktop.org,
        linux-staging@...ts.linux.dev, linux-block@...r.kernel.org,
        linux-kbuild@...r.kernel.org, clang-built-linux@...glegroups.com,
        linux-hardening@...r.kernel.org
Subject: Re: [PATCH 39/64] mac80211: Use memset_after() to clear tx status

On Fri, Aug 13, 2021 at 09:40:07AM +0200, Johannes Berg wrote:
> On Sat, 2021-07-31 at 08:55 -0700, Kees Cook wrote:
> > On Tue, Jul 27, 2021 at 01:58:30PM -0700, Kees Cook wrote:
> > > In preparation for FORTIFY_SOURCE performing compile-time and run-time
> > > field bounds checking for memset(), avoid intentionally writing across
> > > neighboring fields.
> > > 
> > > Use memset_after() so memset() doesn't get confused about writing
> > > beyond the destination member that is intended to be the starting point
> > > of zeroing through the end of the struct.
> > > 
> > > Note that the common helper, ieee80211_tx_info_clear_status(), does NOT
> > > clear ack_signal, but the open-coded versions do. All three perform
> > > checks that the ack_signal position hasn't changed, though.
> > 
> > Quick ping on this question: there is a mismatch between the common
> > helper and the other places that do this. Is there a bug here?
> 
> Yes.
> 
> The common helper should also clear ack_signal, but that was broken by
> commit e3e1a0bcb3f1 ("mac80211: reduce IEEE80211_TX_MAX_RATES"), because
> that commit changed the order of the fields and updated carl9170 and p54
> properly but not the common helper...

It looks like p54 actually uses the rates, which is why it does this
manually. I can't see why carl9170 does this manually, though.

> It doesn't actually matter much because ack_signal is normally filled in
> afterwards, and even if it isn't, it's just for statistics.
> 
> The correct thing to do here would be to
> 
> 	memset_after(&info->status, 0, rates);

Sounds good; I will adjust these (and drop the BULID_BUG_ONs, as you
suggest in the next email).

Thanks!

-Kees

-- 
Kees Cook

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