[PATCH] ecryptfs: fix memory corruption when storing crypto infoin xattrs

From: Eric Sandeen
Date: Wed Oct 22 2008 - 13:14:22 EST

When ecryptfs allocates space to write crypto headers into, before
copying it out to file headers or to xattrs, it looks at the value of
crypt_stat->num_header_bytes_at_front to determine how much space it
needs. This is also used as the file offset to the actual encrypted
data, so for xattr-stored crypto info, the value was zero.

So, we kzalloc'd 0 bytes, and then ran off to write to that memory.
(Which returned as ZERO_SIZE_PTR, so we explode quickly).

The right answer is to always allocate a page to write into; the current
code won't ever write more than that (this is enforced by the
(PAGE_CACHE_SIZE - offset) length in the call to
ecryptfs_generate_key_packet_set). To be explicit about this, we now
send in a "max" parameter, rather than magically using PAGE_CACHE_SIZE

Also, since the pointer we pass down the callchain eventually gets the
virt_to_page() treatment, we should be using a alloc_page variant, not
kzalloc (see also 7fcba054373d5dfc43d26e243a5c9b92069972ee)

Signed-off-by: Eric Sandeen <sandeen@xxxxxxxxxx>

Index: linux-2.6.27.x86_64/fs/ecryptfs/crypto.c
--- linux-2.6.27.x86_64.orig/fs/ecryptfs/crypto.c
+++ linux-2.6.27.x86_64/fs/ecryptfs/crypto.c
@@ -1251,6 +1251,7 @@ struct kmem_cache *ecryptfs_header_cache
* ecryptfs_write_headers_virt
* @page_virt: The virtual address to write the headers to
+ * @max: The size of memory allocated at page_virt
* @size: Set to the number of bytes written by this function
* @crypt_stat: The cryptographic context
* @ecryptfs_dentry: The eCryptfs dentry
@@ -1278,7 +1279,8 @@ struct kmem_cache *ecryptfs_header_cache
* Returns zero on success
-static int ecryptfs_write_headers_virt(char *page_virt, size_t *size,
+static int ecryptfs_write_headers_virt(char *page_virt, size_t max,
+ size_t *size,
struct ecryptfs_crypt_stat *crypt_stat,
struct dentry *ecryptfs_dentry)
@@ -1296,7 +1298,7 @@ static int ecryptfs_write_headers_virt(c
offset += written;
rc = ecryptfs_generate_key_packet_set((page_virt + offset), crypt_stat,
ecryptfs_dentry, &written,
- PAGE_CACHE_SIZE - offset);
+ max - offset);
if (rc)
ecryptfs_printk(KERN_WARNING, "Error generating key packet "
"set; rc = [%d]\n", rc);
@@ -1368,14 +1370,14 @@ int ecryptfs_write_metadata(struct dentr
goto out;
/* Released in this function */
- virt = kzalloc(crypt_stat->num_header_bytes_at_front, GFP_KERNEL);
+ virt = (char *)get_zeroed_page(GFP_KERNEL);
if (!virt) {
printk(KERN_ERR "%s: Out of memory\n", __func__);
rc = -ENOMEM;
goto out;
- rc = ecryptfs_write_headers_virt(virt, &size, crypt_stat,
- ecryptfs_dentry);
+ rc = ecryptfs_write_headers_virt(virt, PAGE_CACHE_SIZE, &size,
+ crypt_stat, ecryptfs_dentry);
if (unlikely(rc)) {
printk(KERN_ERR "%s: Error whilst writing headers; rc = [%d]\n",
__func__, rc);
@@ -1393,8 +1395,7 @@ int ecryptfs_write_metadata(struct dentr
goto out_free;
- memset(virt, 0, crypt_stat->num_header_bytes_at_front);
- kfree(virt);
+ free_page((unsigned long)virt);
return rc;

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