Re: [PATCH] udevadm-info: Don't access sysfs 'resource<N>' files

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On 03/16/2013 07:03 PM, Greg KH wrote:
On Sat, Mar 16, 2013 at 05:50:53PM -0600, Myron Stowe wrote:
On Sat, 2013-03-16 at 15:11 -0700, Greg KH wrote:
On Sat, Mar 16, 2013 at 03:35:19PM -0600, Myron Stowe wrote:
Sysfs includes entries to memory that backs a PCI device's BARs, both I/O
Port space and MMIO.  This memory regions correspond to the device's
internal status and control registers used to drive the device.

Accessing these registers from userspace such as "udevadm info
--attribute-walk --path=/sys/devices/..." does can not be allowed as
such accesses outside of the driver, even just reading, can yield
catastrophic consequences.

Udevadm-info skips parsing a specific set of sysfs entries including
'resource'.  This patch extends the set to include the additional
'resource<N>' entries that correspond to a PCI device's BARs.

Nice, are you also going to patch bash to prevent a user from reading
these sysfs files as well?  :)

And pciutils?

You get my point here, right?  The root user just asked to read all of
the data for this device, so why wouldn't you allow it?  Just like
'lspci' does.  Or bash does.

lspci doesn't randomly attempt to access device registers, AFAIK..

Yes :P , you raise a very good point, there are a lot of way a user can
poke around in those BARs.  However, there is a difference between
shooting yourself in the foot and getting what you deserve versus
unknowingly executing a common command such as udevadm and having the
system hang.

If this hardware has a problem, then it needs to be fixed in the kernel,
not have random band-aids added to various userspace programs to paper
over the root problem here.  Please fix the kernel driver and all should
be fine.  No need to change udevadm.

Xiangliang initially proposed a patch within the PCI core.  Ignoring the
specific issue with the proposal which I pointed out in the thread, that just doesn't seem like
the right place to effect a change either as PCI's core isn't concerned
with the contents or access limitations of those regions, those are
issues that the driver concerns itself with.

So things seem to be gravitating towards the driver.  I'm fairly
ignorant of this area but as Robert succinctly pointed out in the
originating thread - the AHCI driver only uses the device's MMIO region.
The I/O related regions are for legacy SFF-compatible ATA ports and are
not used to driver the device.  This, coupled with the observance that
userspace accesses such as udevadm, and others like you additionally
point out, do not filter through the device's driver for seems to
suggest that changes to the driver will not help here either.

A PCI quirk should handle this properly, right?  Why not do that?  Worse
thing, the quirk could just not expose these sysfs files for this
device, which would solve all userspace program issues, right?

A PCI quirk implies there is something wrong with this device in particular. This isn't the case. The device responds properly when it's accessed as intended. The problem is that udevadm (or other processes, like a random grep through sysfs for example) is effectively reading registers willy-nilly. This is absolutely not safe to do on many devices - and certainly not while a driver is attached to the device and has claimed the port or MMIO regions that are being accessed. Blocking access through these files to a device with an active driver that's claimed the regions would significantly reduce the chances of something like this causing problems.

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