Re: [PATCH v2] ppp: remove the PPPIOCDETACH ioctl

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On Wed, May 23, 2018 at 02:37:38PM -0700, Eric Biggers wrote:
> From: Eric Biggers <ebiggers@xxxxxxxxxx>
> The PPPIOCDETACH ioctl effectively tries to "close" the given ppp file
> before f_count has reached 0, which is fundamentally a bad idea.  It
> does check 'f_count < 2', which excludes concurrent operations on the
> file since they would only be possible with a shared fd table, in which
> case each fdget() would take a file reference.  However, it fails to
> account for the fact that even with 'f_count == 1' the file can still be
> linked into epoll instances.  As reported by syzbot, this can trivially
> be used to cause a use-after-free.
> Yet, the only known user of PPPIOCDETACH is pppd versions older than
> ppp-2.4.2, which was released almost 15 years ago (November 2003).
> Also, PPPIOCDETACH apparently stopped working reliably at around the
> same time, when the f_count check was added to the kernel, e.g. see
>  Also, the current 'f_count < 2'
> check makes PPPIOCDETACH only work in single-threaded applications; it
> always fails if called from a multithreaded application.
> All pppd versions released in the last 15 years just close() the file
> descriptor instead.
> Therefore, instead of hacking around this bug by exporting epoll
> internals to modules, and probably missing other related bugs, just
> remove the PPPIOCDETACH ioctl and see if anyone actually notices.  Leave
> a stub in place that prints a one-time warning and returns EINVAL.
> Reported-by: syzbot+16363c99d4134717c05b@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx
> Fixes: 1da177e4c3f4 ("Linux-2.6.12-rc2")
> Cc: stable@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxx
> Signed-off-by: Eric Biggers <ebiggers@xxxxxxxxxx>

Acked-by: Paul Mackerras <paulus@xxxxxxxxxx>
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