[PATCH][Quantal] UBUNTU SAUCE: apparmor: fix IRQ stack overflow

John Johansen john.johansen at canonical.com
Thu Sep 27 07:15:11 UTC 2012

This is a minimal patch to fix bug#1056078. The patch in the works for
upstream is larger and reworks the entire replacedby logic to prevent the
replacedby chains from happening, which will improve resource usage, but
it is not available yet. This can be reverted when it is.

BugLink: http://bugs.launchpad.net/bugs/1056078

Profile replacement can cause long chains of profiles to build up that
get freed in a cascading chain of free_profile calls. Because free_profile
is being called via aa_put_profile (and hence kref_put) each profile
free_profile is nested (looks like recursion of free_profile). That is
free_profile indirectly calls free_profile on the next profile in the
chain via aa_put_profile.

Break this nesting by directly walking the chain, and as long as a
profile is being freed because it has no more references continue
on to the next profile. This results in at most 2 levels of free_profile
being called.

Signed-off-by: John Johansen <john.johansen at canonical.com>
 security/apparmor/policy.c |   28 +++++++++++++++++++++++++++-
 1 file changed, 27 insertions(+), 1 deletion(-)

diff --git a/security/apparmor/policy.c b/security/apparmor/policy.c
index 27c8161..3f01fb7 100644
--- a/security/apparmor/policy.c
+++ b/security/apparmor/policy.c
@@ -724,6 +724,8 @@ fail:
 static void free_profile(struct aa_profile *profile)
+	struct aa_profile *p;
 	AA_DEBUG("%s(%p)\n", __func__, profile);
 	if (!profile)
@@ -752,7 +754,31 @@ static void free_profile(struct aa_profile *profile)
-	aa_put_profile(profile->replacedby);
+	/* put the profile reference for replacedby, but not via
+	 * put_profile(kref_put).
+	 * replacedby can form a long chain that can result in cascading
+	 * frees that blows the stack because kref_put makes a nested fn
+	 * call (it looks like recursion, with free_profile calling
+	 * free_profile) for each profile in the chain lp#1056078. The
+	 * long chain creation should be addressed by changes to profile
+	 * replacement.
+	 * This just addresses recursion of free_profile causing the
+	 * stack to blow, when a chain is encountered.
+	 */
+	for (p = profile->replacedby; p; ) {
+		if (atomic_dec_and_test(&p->base.count.refcount)) {
+			/* no more refs on p, grab its replacedby */
+			struct aa_profile *next = p->replacedby;
+			/* break the chain */
+			p->replacedby = NULL;
+			/* now free p, chain is broken */
+			free_profile(p);
+			/* follow up with next profile in the chain */
+			p = next;
+		} else
+			break;
+	}

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