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Date:   Tue, 12 Jan 2021 11:31:55 +0800
From:   Xiaoming Ni <>
To:     <>, <>,
        <>, <>,
        <>, <>,
        <>, <>, <>,
CC:     <>, <>
Subject: [PATCH v3] proc_sysctl: fix oops caused by incorrect command parameters.

The process_sysctl_arg() does not check whether val is empty before
 invoking strlen(val). If the command line parameter () is incorrectly
 configured and val is empty, oops is triggered.

For example:
  "hung_task_panic=1" is incorrectly written as "hung_task_panic", oops is
  triggered. The call stack is as follows:
    Kernel command line: .... hung_task_panic
    Call trace:

To fix it, check whether "val" is empty when "phram" is a sysctl field.
Error codes are returned in the failure branch, and error logs are
generated by parse_args().

Fixes: 3db978d480e2843 ("kernel/sysctl: support setting sysctl parameters
 from kernel command line")
Signed-off-by: Xiaoming Ni <>

  Return -EINVAL, When phram is the sysctl field and val is empty.

  Added log output of the failure branch based on the review comments of Kees Cook.


 fs/proc/proc_sysctl.c | 3 +++
 1 file changed, 3 insertions(+)

diff --git a/fs/proc/proc_sysctl.c b/fs/proc/proc_sysctl.c
index 317899222d7f..d493a50058a5 100644
--- a/fs/proc/proc_sysctl.c
+++ b/fs/proc/proc_sysctl.c
@@ -1770,6 +1770,9 @@ static int process_sysctl_arg(char *param, char *val,
 			return 0;
+	if (!val)
+		return -EINVAL;
 	 * To set sysctl options, we use a temporary mount of proc, look up the
 	 * respective sys/ file and write to it. To avoid mounting it when no

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