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Date:   Tue, 28 Feb 2017 14:17:59 +0100
From:   Alexander Potapenko <>
Subject: [PATCH] net: don't call strlen() on the user buffer in packet_bind_spkt()

KMSAN (KernelMemorySanitizer, a new error detection tool) reports use of
uninitialized memory in packet_bind_spkt():

BUG: KMSAN: use of unitialized memory
CPU: 0 PID: 1074 Comm: packet Not tainted 4.8.0-rc6+ #1891
Hardware name: QEMU Standard PC (i440FX + PIIX, 1996), BIOS Bochs
 0000000000000000 ffff88006b6dfc08 ffffffff82559ae8 ffff88006b6dfb48
 ffffffff818a7c91 ffffffff85b9c870 0000000000000092 ffffffff85b9c550
 0000000000000000 0000000000000092 00000000ec400911 0000000000000002
Call Trace:
 [<     inline     >] __dump_stack lib/dump_stack.c:15
 [<ffffffff82559ae8>] dump_stack+0x238/0x290 lib/dump_stack.c:51
 [<ffffffff818a6626>] kmsan_report+0x276/0x2e0 mm/kmsan/kmsan.c:1003
 [<ffffffff818a783b>] __msan_warning+0x5b/0xb0
 [<     inline     >] strlen lib/string.c:484
 [<ffffffff8259b58d>] strlcpy+0x9d/0x200 lib/string.c:144
 [<ffffffff84b2eca4>] packet_bind_spkt+0x144/0x230
 [<ffffffff84242e4d>] SYSC_bind+0x40d/0x5f0 net/socket.c:1370
 [<ffffffff84242a22>] SyS_bind+0x82/0xa0 net/socket.c:1356
 [<ffffffff8515991b>] entry_SYSCALL_64_fastpath+0x13/0x8f
chained origin: 00000000eba00911
 [<ffffffff810bb787>] save_stack_trace+0x27/0x50
 [<     inline     >] kmsan_save_stack_with_flags mm/kmsan/kmsan.c:322
 [<     inline     >] kmsan_save_stack mm/kmsan/kmsan.c:334
 [<ffffffff818a59f8>] kmsan_internal_chain_origin+0x118/0x1e0
 [<ffffffff818a7773>] __msan_set_alloca_origin4+0xc3/0x130
 [<ffffffff84242b69>] SYSC_bind+0x129/0x5f0 net/socket.c:1356
 [<ffffffff84242a22>] SyS_bind+0x82/0xa0 net/socket.c:1356
 [<ffffffff8515991b>] entry_SYSCALL_64_fastpath+0x13/0x8f
origin description: ----address@...C_bind (origin=00000000eb400911)
(the line numbers are relative to 4.8-rc6, but the bug persists

, when I run the following program as root:

 #include <string.h>
 #include <sys/socket.h>
 #include <netpacket/packet.h>
 #include <net/ethernet.h>

 int main() {
   struct sockaddr addr;
   memset(&addr, 0xff, sizeof(addr));
   addr.sa_family = AF_PACKET;
   int fd = socket(PF_PACKET, SOCK_PACKET, htons(ETH_P_ALL));
   bind(fd, &addr, sizeof(addr));
   return 0;

This happens because addr.sa_data copied from the userspace is not
zero-terminated, and copying it with strlcpy() in packet_bind_spkt()
results in calling strlen() on the kernel copy of that non-terminated

Signed-off-by: Alexander Potapenko <>
 net/packet/af_packet.c | 6 +++++-
 1 file changed, 5 insertions(+), 1 deletion(-)

diff --git a/net/packet/af_packet.c b/net/packet/af_packet.c
index 2bd0d1949312..1e7992f3e0a8 100644
--- a/net/packet/af_packet.c
+++ b/net/packet/af_packet.c
@@ -3111,7 +3111,11 @@ static int packet_bind_spkt(struct socket *sock, struct sockaddr *uaddr,
 	if (addr_len != sizeof(struct sockaddr))
 		return -EINVAL;
-	strlcpy(name, uaddr->sa_data, sizeof(name));
+	/* uaddr->sa_data comes from the userspace, it's not guaranteed to be
+	 * zero-terminated.
+	 */
+	name[14] = '\0';
+	strncpy(name, uaddr->sa_data, sizeof(name));
 	return packet_do_bind(sk, name, 0, pkt_sk(sk)->num);

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