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Date:	Thu,  3 Apr 2014 13:48:41 +0200
From:	José Bollo <>
To:	Casey Schaufler <>,
	James Morris <>,,
	José Bollo <>
Subject: [PATCH 1/1] SMACK: Fix handling value==NULL in post setxattr

The function `smack_inode_post_setxattr` is called each
time that a setxattr is done, for any value of name.
The kernel allow to put value==NULL when size==0
to set an empty attribute value. The systematic
call to smk_import_entry was causing the dereference
of a NULL pointer hence a KERNEL PANIC!

The problem can be produced easily by issuing the
command `setfattr -n file` under bash prompt
when SMACK is active.

Moving the call to smk_import_entry as proposed by this
patch is correcting the behaviour because the function
smack_inode_post_setxattr is called for the SMACK's
attributes only if the function smack_inode_setxattr validated
the value and its size (what will not be the case when size==0).

It also has a benefical effect to not fill the smack hash
with garbage values coming from any extended attribute

Change-Id: Iaf0039c2be9bccb6cee11c24a3b44d209101fe47
Signed-off-by: José Bollo <>
 security/smack/smack_lsm.c | 4 +++-
 1 file changed, 3 insertions(+), 1 deletion(-)

diff --git a/security/smack/smack_lsm.c b/security/smack/smack_lsm.c
index 3f01cf5..28d482c 100644
--- a/security/smack/smack_lsm.c
+++ b/security/smack/smack_lsm.c
@@ -893,18 +893,20 @@ static void smack_inode_post_setxattr(struct dentry *dentry, const char *name,
-	skp = smk_import_entry(value, size);
 	if (strcmp(name, XATTR_NAME_SMACK) == 0) {
+		skp = smk_import_entry(value, size);
 		if (skp != NULL)
 			isp->smk_inode = skp->smk_known;
 			isp->smk_inode = smack_known_invalid.smk_known;
 	} else if (strcmp(name, XATTR_NAME_SMACKEXEC) == 0) {
+		skp = smk_import_entry(value, size);
 		if (skp != NULL)
 			isp->smk_task = skp;
 			isp->smk_task = &smack_known_invalid;
 	} else if (strcmp(name, XATTR_NAME_SMACKMMAP) == 0) {
+		skp = smk_import_entry(value, size);
 		if (skp != NULL)
 			isp->smk_mmap = skp;

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