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Date:	Fri, 5 Sep 2014 14:44:32 -0700
From:	Ani Sinha <>
To:	Hannes Frederic Sowa <>
Cc:	David Miller <>,
	"matthew.leach" <>,,
	fenner <>, fruggeri <>,
	travisb <>
Subject: Re: [PATCH] net: socket: do not validate msg_namelen unless msg_name
 is non-NULL

On Fri, Sep 5, 2014 at 2:26 PM, Hannes Frederic Sowa
> If you set msg_namelen = 0 if msg_name == NULL prior to the < 0 check it
> should not trigger the return -EINVAL and also we don't run into the
> unsafe implicit conversion case when comparing msg_namelen with the
> result of the sizeof(). Do you see any problems with that?

yes, sorry I misunderstood you. Here's the updated patch :

>From ea39174d4475d7def61410210613ab24a4ce0e81 Mon Sep 17 00:00:00 2001
From: Ani Sinha <>
Date: Fri, 5 Sep 2014 14:33:20 -0700
Subject: [PATCH] net:socket: set msg_namelen to 0 if msg_name is
passed as NULL in msghdr struct from userland.

Linux manpage for recvmsg and sendmsg calls does not explicitly
mention setting msg_namelen to 0 when
msg_name passed set as NULL. When developers don't set msg_namelen
member in msghdr, it might contain garbage
value which will fail the validation check and sendmsg and recvmsg
calls from kernel will return EINVAL. This will
break old binaries and any code for which there is no access to source code.
To fix this, we set msg_namelen to 0 when msg_name is passed as NULL
from userland.

Signed-off-by: Ani Sinha <>
 net/socket.c |    3 +++
 1 files changed, 3 insertions(+), 0 deletions(-)

diff --git a/net/socket.c b/net/socket.c
index 95ee7d8..457be6a 100644
--- a/net/socket.c
+++ b/net/socket.c
@@ -1997,6 +1997,9 @@ static int copy_msghdr_from_user(struct msghdr *kmsg,
  if (copy_from_user(kmsg, umsg, sizeof(struct msghdr)))
  return -EFAULT;

+ if (kmsg->msg_name == NULL)
+ kmsg->msg_namelen = 0;
  if (kmsg->msg_namelen < 0)
  return -EINVAL;

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