Re: [PATCH c/r -mm] c/r: prctl: Simplify PR_SET_MM on mm::code/data assignment

From: Kees Cook
Date: Tue Apr 17 2012 - 14:22:09 EST

On Mon, Apr 16, 2012 at 3:55 PM, Cyrill Gorcunov <gorcunov@xxxxxxxxxx> wrote:
> The mm::start_code, end_code, start_data, end_data members
> are set during startup of executable file and are not changed
> after.
> But the program itself might map new executable or/and data areas in
> time so the original values written into mm fields mentioned above
> might not have correspond VMA area at all, thus if one try to
> use this prctl codes without underlied VMA, the error will be
> returned.
> Drop this requirement. This shrinks the code and eliminates
> redundant calls to vma_flags_mismatch. The worst thing one can
> do (if say to write some bad values here) -- the weird results
> will be shown in /proc/$pid/statm or in /proc/pid/stat.
> Still, assignement of data on stack (such as command line and
> environment variables) requires the underlied VMA to exist.
> Signed-off-by: Cyrill Gorcunov <gorcunov@xxxxxxxxxx>

Since this is CAP_SYS_RESOURCE, and mmap_min_addr is CAP_SYS_RAWIO,
how about a lower-bounds check against mmap_min_addr? (We're already
doing the TASK_SIZE upper check, so this additional sanity checking
seems reasonable to me.)


Kees Cook
ChromeOS Security
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