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Date:   Sat, 15 Aug 2020 16:29:15 -0700
From:   Cong Wang <>
Cc:     Cong Wang <>,,
        Jon Maloy <>,
        Ying Xue <>,
        Richard Alpe <>
Subject: [Patch net] tipc: fix uninit skb->data in tipc_nl_compat_dumpit()

__tipc_nl_compat_dumpit() has two callers, and it expects them to
pass a valid nlmsghdr via arg->data. This header is artificial and
crafted just for __tipc_nl_compat_dumpit().

tipc_nl_compat_publ_dump() does so by putting a genlmsghdr as well
as some nested attribute, TIPC_NLA_SOCK. But the other caller
tipc_nl_compat_dumpit() does not, this leaves arg->data uninitialized
on this call path.

Fix this by just adding a similar nlmsghdr without any payload in

This bug exists since day 1, but the recent commit 6ea67769ff33
("net: tipc: prepare attrs in __tipc_nl_compat_dumpit()") makes it
easier to appear.

Fixes: d0796d1ef63d ("tipc: convert legacy nl bearer dump to nl compat")
Cc: Jon Maloy <>
Cc: Ying Xue <>
Cc: Richard Alpe <>
Signed-off-by: Cong Wang <>
 net/tipc/netlink_compat.c | 12 +++++++++++-
 1 file changed, 11 insertions(+), 1 deletion(-)

diff --git a/net/tipc/netlink_compat.c b/net/tipc/netlink_compat.c
index 217516357ef2..90e3c70a91ad 100644
--- a/net/tipc/netlink_compat.c
+++ b/net/tipc/netlink_compat.c
@@ -275,8 +275,9 @@ static int __tipc_nl_compat_dumpit(struct tipc_nl_compat_cmd_dump *cmd,
 static int tipc_nl_compat_dumpit(struct tipc_nl_compat_cmd_dump *cmd,
 				 struct tipc_nl_compat_msg *msg)
-	int err;
+	struct nlmsghdr *nlh;
 	struct sk_buff *arg;
+	int err;
 	if (msg->req_type && (!msg->req_size ||
 			      !TLV_CHECK_TYPE(msg->req, msg->req_type)))
@@ -305,6 +306,15 @@ static int tipc_nl_compat_dumpit(struct tipc_nl_compat_cmd_dump *cmd,
 		return -ENOMEM;
+	nlh = nlmsg_put(arg, 0, 0,, 0, NLM_F_MULTI);
+	if (!nlh) {
+		kfree_skb(arg);
+		kfree_skb(msg->rep);
+		msg->rep = NULL;
+		return -EMSGSIZE;
+	}
+	nlmsg_end(arg, nlh);
 	err = __tipc_nl_compat_dumpit(cmd, msg, arg);
 	if (err) {

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