Commit b4341721 authored by Jann Horn's avatar Jann Horn Committed by Al Viro

compat_ioctl: don't look up the fd twice

In code in fs/compat_ioctl.c that translates ioctl arguments
into a in-kernel structure, then performs sys_ioctl, possibly
under set_fs(KERNEL_DS), this commit changes the sys_ioctl
calls to do_ioctl calls. do_ioctl is a new function that does
the same thing as sys_ioctl, but doesn't look up the fd again.

This change is made to avoid (potential) security issues
because of ioctl handlers that accept one of the ioctl
This can happen for multiple reasons:

 - The ioctl command number could be reused.
 - The ioctl handler might not check the full ioctl
   command. This is e.g. true for drm_ioctl.
 - The ioctl handler is very special, e.g. cuse_file_ioctl

The real issue is that set_fs(KERNEL_DS) is used here,
but that's fixed in a separate commit
"compat_ioctl: don't call do_ioctl under set_fs(KERNEL_DS)".

This change mitigates potential security issues by
preventing a race that permits invocation of
unlocked_ioctl handlers under KERNEL_DS through compat
code even if a corresponding compat_ioctl handler exists.

So far, no way has been identified to use this to damage
kernel memory without having CAP_SYS_ADMIN in the init ns
(with the capability, doing reads/writes at arbitrary
kernel addresses should be easy through CUSE's ioctl
handler with FUSE_IOCTL_UNRESTRICTED set).

[AV: two missed sys_ioctl() taken care of]
Signed-off-by: default avatarJann Horn <>
Signed-off-by: default avatarAl Viro <>
parent 16830985
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