[3.5.y.z extended stable] Patch "iscsi-target: chap auth shouldn't match username with trailing" has been added to staging queue

Luis Henriques luis.henriques at canonical.com
Fri Nov 29 14:03:49 UTC 2013

This is a note to let you know that I have just added a patch titled

    iscsi-target: chap auth shouldn't match username with trailing

to the linux-3.5.y-queue branch of the 3.5.y.z extended stable tree 
which can be found at:


If you, or anyone else, feels it should not be added to this tree, please 
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>From c708c37954ae842e95933b494937b3a913a939ca Mon Sep 17 00:00:00 2001
From: Eric Seppanen <eric at purestorage.com>
Date: Wed, 20 Nov 2013 14:19:52 -0800
Subject: iscsi-target: chap auth shouldn't match username with trailing

commit 86784c6bdeeef78eed94d298be7a8879f6a97ee2 upstream.

In iSCSI negotiations with initiator CHAP enabled, usernames with
trailing garbage are permitted, because the string comparison only
checks the strlen of the configured username.

e.g. "usernameXXXXX" will be permitted to match "username".

Just check one more byte so the trailing null char is also matched.

Signed-off-by: Eric Seppanen <eric at purestorage.com>
Signed-off-by: Nicholas Bellinger <nab at linux-iscsi.org>
Signed-off-by: Luis Henriques <luis.henriques at canonical.com>
 drivers/target/iscsi/iscsi_target_auth.c | 5 ++++-
 1 file changed, 4 insertions(+), 1 deletion(-)

diff --git a/drivers/target/iscsi/iscsi_target_auth.c b/drivers/target/iscsi/iscsi_target_auth.c
index a0fc7b9..b54f6ec 100644
--- a/drivers/target/iscsi/iscsi_target_auth.c
+++ b/drivers/target/iscsi/iscsi_target_auth.c
@@ -174,6 +174,7 @@ static int chap_server_compute_md5(
 	unsigned char client_digest[MD5_SIGNATURE_SIZE];
 	unsigned char server_digest[MD5_SIGNATURE_SIZE];
 	unsigned char chap_n[MAX_CHAP_N_SIZE], chap_r[MAX_RESPONSE_LENGTH];
+	size_t compare_len;
 	struct iscsi_chap *chap = conn->auth_protocol;
 	struct crypto_hash *tfm;
 	struct hash_desc desc;
@@ -212,7 +213,9 @@ static int chap_server_compute_md5(
 		goto out;

-	if (memcmp(chap_n, auth->userid, strlen(auth->userid)) != 0) {
+	/* Include the terminating NULL in the compare */
+	compare_len = strlen(auth->userid) + 1;
+	if (strncmp(chap_n, auth->userid, compare_len) != 0) {
 		pr_err("CHAP_N values do not match!\n");
 		goto out;

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