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Date:	Sun, 27 Jul 2014 14:14:00 +0200
From:	Rickard Strandqvist <>
To:	Mark D Rustad <>
Cc:	Neil Horman <>,
	Herbert Xu <>,
	"David S. Miller" <>,,
	"" <>
Subject: Re: [PATCH] crypto: rng.c: Cleaning up missing null-terminate in
 conjunction with strncpy

2014-07-27 4:35 GMT+02:00 Mark D Rustad <>:
> Rickard,
> On Jul 26, 2014, at 7:18 AM, Rickard Strandqvist <> wrote:
>> Replacing strncpy with strlcpy to avoid strings that lacks null terminate.
>> Signed-off-by: Rickard Strandqvist <>
>> ---
>> crypto/rng.c |    2 +-
>> 1 file changed, 1 insertion(+), 1 deletion(-)
>> diff --git a/crypto/rng.c b/crypto/rng.c
>> index e0a25c2..c3d4fb3 100644
>> --- a/crypto/rng.c
>> +++ b/crypto/rng.c
>> @@ -65,7 +65,7 @@ static int crypto_rng_report(struct sk_buff *skb, struct crypto_alg *alg)
>> {
>>       struct crypto_report_rng rrng;
>> -     strncpy(rrng.type, "rng", sizeof(rrng.type));
>> +     strlcpy(rrng.type, "rng", sizeof(rrng.type));
>>       rrng.seedsize = alg->cra_rng.seedsize;
> Not to pick on this patch in particular, but you need to be careful about changing strncpy to strlcpy. Although strlcpy ensures termination, it does not prevent information leakage - strncpy ensures that the entire destination buffer is written. When leakage is a concern, it is better to use strncpy and then to store a zero in the last location of the buffer to ensure termination.
> These "simple" transformations can be risky - and many of these do not represent any sort of problem when the source is smaller than the destination. I hope information leakage is being considered.

Hi Mark

You clearly have a point there! Information leakage is not something I
think about very often otherwise.

It is really unbelievable that C messed up when trying to make a
better solution to strcpy. strncpy doing something completely new with
zeroes whole size but still does not guarantee a terminating null
character. And strlcpy that works great as a replacement for strcpy,
but really can not replace strncpy in all cases.  Incredibly stupid!

But ok, I'll submit a [Patch V2] with foo[sizeof(foo) - 1] = '\ 0'
on all under crypto/  then  ?

Kind regards
Rickard Strandqvist
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