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Date:   Sun, 19 Feb 2017 07:15:27 +0000
From:   Al Viro <>
To:     James Bottomley <>
Cc:     Dmitry Vyukov <>,
        Johannes Thumshirn <>,
        "Martin K. Petersen" <>,
        linux-scsi <>,
        LKML <>,
        syzkaller <>,
        Hannes Reinecke <>,
        Linus Torvalds <>
Subject: Re: scsi: BUG in scsi_init_io

On Tue, Jan 31, 2017 at 07:41:51AM -0800, James Bottomley wrote:

> > Please-please-please, let's not use WARN for something that is not a
> > kernel bug and is user-triggerable.
> It is a kernel bug and it should not be user triggerable, so it should
> have a warn_on or bug_on.  It means something called a data setup
> function with no data.  There's actually a root cause that patches like
> this won't fix, can we find it?

The root cause is unfixable without access to TARDIS and dose of
antipsychotics sufficient to prevent /dev/sg API creation.

What happens is that write to /dev/sg is given a request with non-zero
->iovec_count combined with zero ->dxfer_len.  Or with ->dxferp pointing
to an array full of empty iovecs.

AFAICS, the minimal fix would be something like this:

YAMissingSanityCheck in /dev/sg

write permission to /dev/sg shouldn't be equivalent to the ability to trigger
BUG_ON() while holding spinlocks...

Signed-off-by: Al Viro <>

diff --git a/drivers/scsi/sg.c b/drivers/scsi/sg.c
index dbe5b4b95df0..121de0aaa6ad 100644
--- a/drivers/scsi/sg.c
+++ b/drivers/scsi/sg.c
@@ -1753,6 +1753,10 @@ sg_start_req(Sg_request *srp, unsigned char *cmd)
 			return res;
 		iov_iter_truncate(&i, hp->dxfer_len);
+		if (!iov_iter_count(&i)) {
+			kfree(iov);
+			return -EINVAL;
+		}
 		res = blk_rq_map_user_iov(q, rq, md, &i, GFP_ATOMIC);

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