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Date:   Mon,  9 Mar 2020 16:22:50 +0100
From:   Dominik 'disconnect3d' Czarnota <>
To:     unlisted-recipients:; (no To-header on input)
Cc:, Byungho An <>,
        "David S. Miller" <>,,
Subject: [PATCH] Fix off by one in samsung driver strncpy size arg

From: disconnect3d <>

This patch fixes an off-by-one error in strncpy size argument in
drivers/net/ethernet/samsung/sxgbe/sxgbe_main.c. The issue is that in:

        strncmp(opt, "eee_timer:", 6)

the passed string literal: "eee_timer:" has 10 bytes (without the NULL
byte) and the passed size argument is 6. As a result, the logic will
also accept other, malformed strings, e.g. "eee_tiXXX:".

This bug doesn't seem to have any security impact since its present in
module's cmdline parsing code.

Signed-off-by: disconnect3d <>

    I can't test this patch, so if someone can, please, do so.
    The bug could also be fixed by changing the size argument to
    `sizeof("string literal")-1` or by using kernel's `strstarts` function that
    uses `strlen` under the hood [1]
    There are also more cases like this in kernel sources which I
    reported/will report soon.
    This bug has been found by running a massive grep-like search using
    Google's BigQuery on GitHub repositories data. I am also going to work
    on a CodeQL/Semmle query to be able to find more sophisticated cases
    like this that can't be found via grepping.

 drivers/net/ethernet/samsung/sxgbe/sxgbe_main.c | 2 +-
 1 file changed, 1 insertion(+), 1 deletion(-)

diff --git a/drivers/net/ethernet/samsung/sxgbe/sxgbe_main.c b/drivers/net/ethernet/samsung/sxgbe/sxgbe_main.c
index c705743d69f7..2cc8184b7e6b 100644
--- a/drivers/net/ethernet/samsung/sxgbe/sxgbe_main.c
+++ b/drivers/net/ethernet/samsung/sxgbe/sxgbe_main.c
@@ -2277,7 +2277,7 @@ static int __init sxgbe_cmdline_opt(char *str)
 	if (!str || !*str)
 		return -EINVAL;
 	while ((opt = strsep(&str, ",")) != NULL) {
-		if (!strncmp(opt, "eee_timer:", 6)) {
+		if (!strncmp(opt, "eee_timer:", 10)) {
 			if (kstrtoint(opt + 10, 0, &eee_timer))
 				goto err;

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