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From: Sahitya Tummala <>
To: Junxiao Bi <>,
	Joel Becker <>, Christoph Hellwig <>,
	Al Viro <>,
Cc: Sahitya Tummala <>
Subject: [PATCH v2] configfs: Fix use-after-free when accessing sd->s_dentry
Date: Thu,  3 Jan 2019 16:48:15 +0530	[thread overview]
Message-ID: <> (raw)

In the vfs_statx() context, during path lookup, the dentry gets
added to sd->s_dentry via configfs_attach_attr(). In the end,
vfs_statx() kills the dentry by calling path_put(), which invokes
configfs_d_iput(). Ideally, this dentry must be removed from
sd->s_dentry but it doesn't if the sd->s_count >= 3. As a result,
sd->s_dentry is holding reference to a stale dentry pointer whose
memory is already freed up. This results in use-after-free issue,
when this stale sd->s_dentry is accessed later in
configfs_readdir() path.

This issue can be easily reproduced, by running the LTP test case -
sh /config

Fixes: 76ae281f6307 ('configfs: fix race between dentry put and lookup')
Signed-off-by: Sahitya Tummala <>
- update comments relevant to the code.

 fs/configfs/dir.c | 9 ++++-----
 1 file changed, 4 insertions(+), 5 deletions(-)

diff --git a/fs/configfs/dir.c b/fs/configfs/dir.c
index 39843fa..f113101 100644
--- a/fs/configfs/dir.c
+++ b/fs/configfs/dir.c
@@ -58,15 +58,14 @@ static void configfs_d_iput(struct dentry * dentry,
 	if (sd) {
 		/* Coordinate with configfs_readdir */
-		/* Coordinate with configfs_attach_attr where will increase
-		 * sd->s_count and update sd->s_dentry to new allocated one.
-		 * Only set sd->dentry to null when this dentry is the only
-		 * sd owner.
+		/*
+		 * Set sd->s_dentry to null only when this dentry is the
+		 * one that is going to be killed.
 		 * If not do so, configfs_d_iput may run just after
 		 * configfs_attach_attr and set sd->s_dentry to null
 		 * even it's still in use.
-		if (atomic_read(&sd->s_count) <= 2)
+		if (sd->s_dentry == dentry)
 			sd->s_dentry = NULL;
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             reply	other threads:[~2019-01-03 11:18 UTC|newest]

Thread overview: 6+ messages / expand[flat|nested]  mbox.gz  Atom feed  top
2019-01-03 11:18 Sahitya Tummala [this message]
2019-01-31  3:20 ` Sahitya Tummala
2019-05-16 12:57   ` stummala
2019-05-17  8:23     ` Christoph Hellwig
2019-05-23  3:49       ` Sahitya Tummala
2019-05-28  6:11         ` Christoph Hellwig

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