[3.13.y.z extended stable] Patch "IB/nes: Return an error on ib_copy_from_udata() failure instead of NULL" has been added to staging queue

Kamal Mostafa kamal at canonical.com
Thu May 1 19:17:17 UTC 2014

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

    IB/nes: Return an error on ib_copy_from_udata() failure instead of NULL

to the linux-3.13.y-queue branch of the 3.13.y.z extended stable tree 
which can be found at:


This patch is scheduled to be released in version

If you, or anyone else, feels it should not be added to this tree, please 
reply to this email.

For more information about the 3.13.y.z tree, see



>From ac43db70080420922d5dbbbe12d758bba70158f0 Mon Sep 17 00:00:00 2001
From: Yann Droneaud <ydroneaud at opteya.com>
Date: Mon, 10 Mar 2014 23:06:27 +0100
Subject: IB/nes: Return an error on ib_copy_from_udata() failure instead of

commit 9d194d1025f463392feafa26ff8c2d8247f71be1 upstream.

In case of error while accessing to userspace memory, function
nes_create_qp() returns NULL instead of an error code wrapped through
ERR_PTR().  But NULL is not expected by ib_uverbs_create_qp(), as it
check for error with IS_ERR().

As page 0 is likely not mapped, it is going to trigger an Oops when
the kernel will try to dereference NULL pointer to access to struct
ib_qp's fields.

In some rare cases, page 0 could be mapped by userspace, which could
turn this bug to a vulnerability that could be exploited: the function
pointers in struct ib_device will be under userspace total control.

This was caught when using spatch (aka. coccinelle)
to rewrite calls to ib_copy_{from,to}_udata().

Link: https://www.gitorious.org/opteya/ib-hw-nes-create-qp-null
Link: https://www.gitorious.org/opteya/coccib/source/75ebf2c1033c64c1d81df13e4ae44ee99c989eba:ib_copy_udata.cocci
Link: http://marc.info/?i=cover.1394485254.git.ydroneaud@opteya.com
Signed-off-by: Yann Droneaud <ydroneaud at opteya.com>
Signed-off-by: Roland Dreier <roland at purestorage.com>
Signed-off-by: Kamal Mostafa <kamal at canonical.com>
 drivers/infiniband/hw/nes/nes_verbs.c | 2 +-
 1 file changed, 1 insertion(+), 1 deletion(-)

diff --git a/drivers/infiniband/hw/nes/nes_verbs.c b/drivers/infiniband/hw/nes/nes_verbs.c
index 8308e36..eb62461 100644
--- a/drivers/infiniband/hw/nes/nes_verbs.c
+++ b/drivers/infiniband/hw/nes/nes_verbs.c
@@ -1186,7 +1186,7 @@ static struct ib_qp *nes_create_qp(struct ib_pd *ibpd,
 					nes_free_resource(nesadapter, nesadapter->allocated_qps, qp_num);
 					nes_debug(NES_DBG_QP, "ib_copy_from_udata() Failed \n");
-					return NULL;
+					return ERR_PTR(-EFAULT);
 				if (req.user_wqe_buffers) {
 					virt_wqs = 1;

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