[PATCH 1/7] KEYS: encrypted: fix dereference of NULL user_key_payload

Eric Biggers ebiggers3 at gmail.com
Thu Sep 28 21:25:56 UTC 2017

From: Eric Biggers <ebiggers at google.com>

A key of type "encrypted" references a "master key" which is used to
encrypt and decrypt the encrypted key's payload.  However, when we
accessed the master key's payload, we failed to handle the case where
the master key has been revoked, which sets the payload pointer to NULL.
Note that request_key() *does* skip revoked keys, but there is still a
window where the key can be revoked before we acquire its semaphore.

Fix it by checking for a NULL payload, treating it like a key which was
already revoked at the time it was requested.

This was an issue for master keys of type "user" only.  Master keys can
also be of type "trusted", but those cannot be revoked.

Fixes: 7e70cb497850 ("keys: add new key-type encrypted")
Cc: <stable at vger.kernel.org>    [v2.6.38+]
Signed-off-by: Eric Biggers <ebiggers at google.com>
 security/keys/encrypted-keys/encrypted.c | 7 +++++++
 1 file changed, 7 insertions(+)

diff --git a/security/keys/encrypted-keys/encrypted.c b/security/keys/encrypted-keys/encrypted.c
index f54b92868bc3..d92cbf9687c3 100644
--- a/security/keys/encrypted-keys/encrypted.c
+++ b/security/keys/encrypted-keys/encrypted.c
@@ -309,6 +309,13 @@ static struct key *request_user_key(const char *master_desc, const u8 **master_k
 	upayload = user_key_payload_locked(ukey);
+	if (!upayload) {
+		/* key was revoked before we acquired its semaphore */
+		up_read(&ukey->sem);
+		key_put(ukey);
+		goto error;
+	}
 	*master_key = upayload->data;
 	*master_keylen = upayload->datalen;

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