[PATCH] ima: fix deadlock within "ima_match_policy" function.

Mimi Zohar zohar at linux.ibm.com
Tue Aug 24 12:38:43 UTC 2021

On Tue, 2021-08-24 at 20:09 +0800, liqiong wrote:
> Hi Simon :
> ima: fix deadlock within RCU list of ima_rules.

Before the following paragraph, an introductory sentence is needed. 
Try adding a sentence to the affect that "ima_rules" initially points
to the "ima_default_rules", but after loading a custom policy points to
the "ima_policy_rules".   Then describe the bug at a high level,
something like - transitioning to the "ima_policy_rules" isn't being
done safely.

Followed by the details.

> ima_match_policy() is looping on the policy ruleset while
> ima_update_policy() updates the variable "ima_rules". This can
> lead to a situation where ima_match_policy() can't exit the
> 'list_for_each_entry_rcu' loop, causing RCU stalls
> ("rcu_sched detected stall on CPU ...").
> This problem can happen in practice: updating the IMA policy
> in the boot process while systemd-services are being checked.
> In addition to ima_match_policy(), other function with 
> "list_for_each_entry_rcu" should happen too. Fix locking by 
> introducing a duplicate of "ima_rules" for each 
> "list_for_each_entry_rcu".
> How about this commit message ?
> I have tested this patch in lab, we can reproduced this error case, 
> have done reboot test many times. This patch should work. 

The above comment doesn't belong in the commit message, but is a
message to the reviewers/maintainers and goes after the patch
descriptions three dashes line.



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