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From: Hans de Goede <>
To: Young Xiao <>,,,
Subject: Re: [PATCH] vboxguest: check for private_data before trying to close it.
Date: Tue, 28 May 2019 15:19:10 +0200	[thread overview]
Message-ID: <> (raw)
In-Reply-To: <>


On 28-05-19 14:47, Young Xiao wrote:
> vbg_misc_device_close doesn't check that filp->private_data is non-NULL
> before trying to close_session, where vbg_core_close_session uses pointer
> session whithout checking, too. That can cause an oops in certain error
> conditions that can occur on open or lookup before the private_data is set.
> This vulnerability is similar to CVE-2011-1771.

How is this in anyway related to CVE-2011-1771 ????

That CVE is about a filesystems lookup method including a direct open
of the file for performance reasons and if that direct open fails, doing
a fput, which is how it ends up with a file with private_date being NULL,

"the problem is that CIFS doesn't do O_DIRECT at all, so when you try to open a file with it you get back -EINVAL. CIFS can also do open on lookup in some cases. In that case, fput will be called on the filp, which has not yet had its private_data set."

The vboxguest code on the other hand is not a filessystem and as such
does not have a dentry lookup method at all!

It's close method is part of the file_operations struct for a character
device using the misc_device framework which guarantees that private_data
is always set.



> Signed-off-by: Young Xiao <>
> ---
>   drivers/virt/vboxguest/vboxguest_linux.c | 6 ++++--
>   1 file changed, 4 insertions(+), 2 deletions(-)
> diff --git a/drivers/virt/vboxguest/vboxguest_linux.c b/drivers/virt/vboxguest/vboxguest_linux.c
> index 6e8c0f1..b03c16f 100644
> --- a/drivers/virt/vboxguest/vboxguest_linux.c
> +++ b/drivers/virt/vboxguest/vboxguest_linux.c
> @@ -88,8 +88,10 @@ static int vbg_misc_device_user_open(struct inode *inode, struct file *filp)
>    */
>   static int vbg_misc_device_close(struct inode *inode, struct file *filp)
>   {
> -	vbg_core_close_session(filp->private_data);
> -	filp->private_data = NULL;
> +	if (file->private_data != NULL) {
> +		vbg_core_close_session(filp->private_data);
> +		filp->private_data = NULL;
> +	}
>   	return 0;
>   }

  reply	other threads:[~2019-05-28 13:19 UTC|newest]

Thread overview: 4+ messages / expand[flat|nested]  mbox.gz  Atom feed  top
2019-05-28 12:47 Young Xiao
2019-05-28 13:19 ` Hans de Goede [this message]
2019-05-28 14:49   ` Yang Xiao
2019-05-28 14:51     ` Hans de Goede

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