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Date:   Tue, 13 Feb 2018 20:16:41 +0100
From:   Dmitry Vyukov <>
To:     Al Viro <>
Cc:     Christoph Hellwig <>,
        Linus Torvalds <>,
        Cong Wang <>,
        David Miller <>,
        LKML <>,
        Linux Kernel Network Developers <>,,
        linux-fsdevel <>
Subject: Re: KASAN: use-after-free Read in sock_release

On Thu, Nov 30, 2017 at 4:46 PM, Al Viro <> wrote:
> On Thu, Nov 30, 2017 at 05:18:33AM -0800, Christoph Hellwig wrote:
>> On Thu, Nov 30, 2017 at 02:07:19AM +0000, Al Viro wrote:
>> > Incidentally, grepping for sys_close() shows another piece of fun in
>> > net/netfilter/xt_bpf.c.  Folks, ONCE DESCRIPTOR IS INSTALLED, THAT'S
>> > IT; THERE'S NO REMOVING IT ON FAILURE EXITS.  sys_close() should
>> > never, ever be used that way.  Sigh...
>> Would be great do unexport the thing.  Except that we also have
>> binfmt_misc (which looks legit) and autofs4, which on crack decided
>> that close() isn't a fun syscall, they'd much rather have an ioctl
>> that does exactly the same..
> Yes, since binfmt_misc one is guaranteed that its descriptor table is
> not shared - all callchains go through do_execveat_common(), where we'd
> use unshare_files().  autofs one is... not in good taste, but still
> safe; there the descriptor is preexisting and it's essentially a weird
> way of spelling close(2).  References from syscall tables are, of course,
> OK.  init/*.c uses are done pretty much from userland - they could have
> been straight syscalls, if not for the lack of klibc in kernel tree.
> Everything else, though...
> IMO we need a whack-a-mole list somewhere; "new callers of sys_close()
> anywhere outside of init/* and syscall tables" definitely should be
> on it...

#syz fix: fix kcm_clone()

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