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Date: Tue, 12 Dec 2023 13:17:39 -0800
From: Kees Cook <>
To: Greg Kroah-Hartman <>
Cc: Kees Cook <>,
	Tejun Heo <>,
	Azeem Shaikh <>,
	Zefan Li <>,
	Johannes Weiner <>,
	Waiman Long <>,
	Christophe JAILLET <>,,,,
Subject: [PATCH v3 2/3] kernfs: Convert kernfs_name_locked() from strlcpy() to strscpy()

strlcpy() reads the entire source buffer first. This read may exceed
the destination size limit. This is both inefficient and can lead
to linear read overflows if a source string is not NUL-terminated[1].
Additionally, it returns the size of the source string, not the
resulting size of the destination string. In an effort to remove strlcpy()
completely[2], replace strlcpy() here with strscpy().

Nothing actually checks the return value coming from kernfs_name_locked(),
so this has no impact on error paths. The caller hierarchy is:

                        return value ignored
                                return value ignored
                                return value ignored

Link: [1]
Link: [2]
Cc: Greg Kroah-Hartman <>
Cc: Tejun Heo <>
Cc: Azeem Shaikh <>
Signed-off-by: Kees Cook <>
 fs/kernfs/dir.c | 10 +++++-----
 1 file changed, 5 insertions(+), 5 deletions(-)

diff --git a/fs/kernfs/dir.c b/fs/kernfs/dir.c
index 37353901ede1..8c0e5442597e 100644
--- a/fs/kernfs/dir.c
+++ b/fs/kernfs/dir.c
@@ -54,9 +54,9 @@ static bool kernfs_lockdep(struct kernfs_node *kn)
 static int kernfs_name_locked(struct kernfs_node *kn, char *buf, size_t buflen)
 	if (!kn)
-		return strlcpy(buf, "(null)", buflen);
+		return strscpy(buf, "(null)", buflen);
-	return strlcpy(buf, kn->parent ? kn->name : "/", buflen);
+	return strscpy(buf, kn->parent ? kn->name : "/", buflen);
 /* kernfs_node_depth - compute depth from @from to @to */
@@ -182,12 +182,12 @@ static int kernfs_path_from_node_locked(struct kernfs_node *kn_to,
  * @buflen: size of @buf
  * Copies the name of @kn into @buf of @buflen bytes.  The behavior is
- * similar to strlcpy().
+ * similar to strscpy().
  * Fills buffer with "(null)" if @kn is %NULL.
- * Return: the length of @kn's name and if @buf isn't long enough,
- * it's filled up to @buflen-1 and nul terminated.
+ * Return: the resulting length of @buf. If @buf isn't long enough,
+ * it's filled up to @buflen-1 and nul terminated, and returns -E2BIG.
  * This function can be called from any context.

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