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Date: Thu, 5 Oct 2023 15:38:43 -0700
From: Kees Cook <keescook@...omium.org>
To: "Kiyanovski, Arthur" <akiyano@...zon.com>
Cc: Justin Stitt <justinstitt@...gle.com>,
	"Agroskin, Shay" <shayagr@...zon.com>,
	"Arinzon, David" <darinzon@...zon.com>,
	"Dagan, Noam" <ndagan@...zon.com>,
	"Bshara, Saeed" <saeedb@...zon.com>,
	"David S. Miller" <davem@...emloft.net>,
	Eric Dumazet <edumazet@...gle.com>,
	Jakub Kicinski <kuba@...nel.org>, Paolo Abeni <pabeni@...hat.com>,
	"netdev@...r.kernel.org" <netdev@...r.kernel.org>,
	"linux-kernel@...r.kernel.org" <linux-kernel@...r.kernel.org>,
	"linux-hardening@...r.kernel.org" <linux-hardening@...r.kernel.org>
Subject: Re: [PATCH] net: ena: replace deprecated strncpy with strscpy

On Thu, Oct 05, 2023 at 10:25:08PM +0000, Kiyanovski, Arthur wrote:
> > -----Original Message-----
> > From: Justin Stitt <justinstitt@...gle.com>
> > Sent: Thursday, October 5, 2023 3:56 AM
> > To: Agroskin, Shay <shayagr@...zon.com>; Kiyanovski, Arthur
> > <akiyano@...zon.com>; Arinzon, David <darinzon@...zon.com>; Dagan,
> > Noam <ndagan@...zon.com>; Bshara, Saeed <saeedb@...zon.com>; David
> > S. Miller <davem@...emloft.net>; Eric Dumazet <edumazet@...gle.com>;
> > Jakub Kicinski <kuba@...nel.org>; Paolo Abeni <pabeni@...hat.com>
> > Cc: netdev@...r.kernel.org; linux-kernel@...r.kernel.org; linux-
> > hardening@...r.kernel.org; Justin Stitt <justinstitt@...gle.com>
> > Subject: [EXTERNAL] [PATCH] net: ena: replace deprecated strncpy with strscpy
> > 
> > CAUTION: This email originated from outside of the organization. Do not click
> > links or open attachments unless you can confirm the sender and know the
> > content is safe.
> > 
> > 
> > 
> > `strncpy` is deprecated for use on NUL-terminated destination strings [1] and as
> > such we should prefer more robust and less ambiguous string interfaces.
> > 
> > NUL-padding is not necessary as host_info is initialized to `ena_dev-
> > >host_attr.host_info` which is ultimately zero-initialized via
> > alloc_etherdev_mq().
> > 
> > A suitable replacement is `strscpy` [2] due to the fact that it guarantees NUL-
> > termination on the destination buffer without unnecessarily NUL-padding.
> > 
> > Link:
> > https://www.kernel.org/doc/html/latest/process/deprecated.html#strncpy-on-
> > nul-terminated-strings [1]
> > Link: https://manpages.debian.org/testing/linux-manual-4.8/strscpy.9.en.html
> > [2]
> > Link: https://github.com/KSPP/linux/issues/90
> > Cc: linux-hardening@...r.kernel.org
> > Signed-off-by: Justin Stitt <justinstitt@...gle.com>
> > ---
> > Note: build-tested only.
> > ---
> >  drivers/net/ethernet/amazon/ena/ena_netdev.c | 4 ++--
> >  1 file changed, 2 insertions(+), 2 deletions(-)
> > 
> > diff --git a/drivers/net/ethernet/amazon/ena/ena_netdev.c
> > b/drivers/net/ethernet/amazon/ena/ena_netdev.c
> > index f955bde10cf9..3118a617c9b6 100644
> > --- a/drivers/net/ethernet/amazon/ena/ena_netdev.c
> > +++ b/drivers/net/ethernet/amazon/ena/ena_netdev.c
> > @@ -3276,8 +3276,8 @@ static void ena_config_host_info(struct
> > ena_com_dev *ena_dev, struct pci_dev *pd
> >         strscpy(host_info->kernel_ver_str, utsname()->version,
> >                 sizeof(host_info->kernel_ver_str) - 1);
> >         host_info->os_dist = 0;
> > -       strncpy(host_info->os_dist_str, utsname()->release,
> > -               sizeof(host_info->os_dist_str) - 1);
> > +       strscpy(host_info->os_dist_str, utsname()->release,
> > +               sizeof(host_info->os_dist_str));
> >         host_info->driver_version =
> >                 (DRV_MODULE_GEN_MAJOR) |
> >                 (DRV_MODULE_GEN_MINOR <<
> > ENA_ADMIN_HOST_INFO_MINOR_SHIFT) |
> > 
> > ---
> > base-commit: cbf3a2cb156a2c911d8f38d8247814b4c07f49a2
> > change-id: 20231005-strncpy-drivers-net-ethernet-amazon-ena-ena_netdev-c-
> > 6c4804466aa7
> > 
> > Best regards,
> > --
> > Justin Stitt <justinstitt@...gle.com>
> > 
> 
> Thanks for submitting this change.
> 
> The change looks good but the sentence "NUL-padding is not necessary as
> host_info is initialized to `ena_dev->host_attr.host_info` which is ultimately
> zero-initialized via alloc_etherdev_mq()." is inaccurate. 
> 
> host_info allocation is done in ena_com_allocate_host_info() via 
> dma_alloc_coherent() and is not zero initialized by alloc_etherdev_mq().
> 
> I looked at both the documentation of dma_alloc_coherent() in 
> https://www.kernel.org/doc/Documentation/DMA-API.txt
> as well as the code itself, and (maybe I'm wrong but) I didn't see 100%
> guarantees the that the memory is zero-initialized.
> 
> However zero initialization of the destination doesn't matter in this case,
> because strscpy() guarantees a NULL termination.

If this is in DMA memory, should the string buffer be %NUL-padded? (Or
is it consumed strictly as a %NUL-terminated string?)

-Kees

-- 
Kees Cook

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