[PATCH v3 1/3] big key: get rid of stack array allocation

Tycho Andersen tycho at tycho.ws
Tue Apr 24 20:26:37 UTC 2018

We're interested in getting rid of all of the stack allocated arrays in the
kernel [1]. This patch simply hardcodes the iv length to match that of the
hardcoded cipher.

[1]: https://lkml.org/lkml/2018/3/7/621

v2: hardcode the length of the nonce to be the GCM AES IV length, and do a
    sanity check in init(), Eric Biggers
v3: * remember to free big_key_aead when sanity check fails
    * define a constant for big key IV size so it can be changed along side
      the algorithm in the code

Signed-off-by: Tycho Andersen <tycho at tycho.ws>
CC: David Howells <dhowells at redhat.com>
CC: James Morris <jmorris at namei.org>
CC: "Serge E. Hallyn" <serge at hallyn.com>
CC: Jason A. Donenfeld <Jason at zx2c4.com>
CC: Eric Biggers <ebiggers3 at gmail.com>
 security/keys/big_key.c | 11 ++++++++++-
 1 file changed, 10 insertions(+), 1 deletion(-)

diff --git a/security/keys/big_key.c b/security/keys/big_key.c
index 933623784ccd..2806e70d7f8f 100644
--- a/security/keys/big_key.c
+++ b/security/keys/big_key.c
@@ -22,6 +22,7 @@
 #include <keys/user-type.h>
 #include <keys/big_key-type.h>
 #include <crypto/aead.h>
+#include <crypto/gcm.h>
 struct big_key_buf {
 	unsigned int		nr_pages;
@@ -85,6 +86,7 @@ struct key_type key_type_big_key = {
  * Crypto names for big_key data authenticated encryption
 static const char big_key_alg_name[] = "gcm(aes)";
  * Crypto algorithms for big_key data authenticated encryption
@@ -109,7 +111,7 @@ static int big_key_crypt(enum big_key_op op, struct big_key_buf *buf, size_t dat
 	 * an .update function, so there's no chance we'll wind up reusing the
 	 * key to encrypt updated data. Simply put: one key, one encryption.
-	u8 zero_nonce[crypto_aead_ivsize(big_key_aead)];
+	u8 zero_nonce[BIG_KEY_IV_SIZE];
 	aead_req = aead_request_alloc(big_key_aead, GFP_KERNEL);
 	if (!aead_req)
@@ -425,6 +427,13 @@ static int __init big_key_init(void)
 		pr_err("Can't alloc crypto: %d\n", ret);
 		return ret;
+	if (unlikely(crypto_aead_ivsize(big_key_aead) != BIG_KEY_IV_SIZE)) {
+		WARN(1, "big key algorithm changed?");
+		ret = -EINVAL;
+		goto free_aead;
+	}
 	ret = crypto_aead_setauthsize(big_key_aead, ENC_AUTHTAG_SIZE);
 	if (ret < 0) {
 		pr_err("Can't set crypto auth tag len: %d\n", ret);

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