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[v3,0/3] xen: harden blkfront against malicious backends

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Juergen Gross July 30, 2021, 10:38 a.m. UTC
Xen backends of para-virtualized devices can live in dom0 kernel, dom0
user land, or in a driver domain. This means that a backend might
reside in a less trusted environment than the Xen core components, so
a backend should not be able to do harm to a Xen guest (it can still
mess up I/O data, but it shouldn't be able to e.g. crash a guest by
other means or cause a privilege escalation in the guest).

Unfortunately blkfront in the Linux kernel is fully trusting its
backend. This series is fixing blkfront in this regard.

It was discussed to handle this as a security problem, but the topic
was discussed in public before, so it isn't a real secret.

It should be mentioned that a similar series has been posted some years
ago by Marek Marczykowski-Górecki, but this series has not been applied
due to a Xen header not having been available in the Xen git repo at
that time. Additionally my series is fixing some more DoS cases.

Changes in V3:
- patch 3: insert missing unlock in error case (kernel test robot)
- patch 3: use %#x as format for printing wrong operation value
  (Roger Pau Monné)

Changes in V2:
- put blkfront patches into own series
- some minor comments addressed

Juergen Gross (3):
  xen/blkfront: read response from backend only once
  xen/blkfront: don't take local copy of a request from the ring page
  xen/blkfront: don't trust the backend response data blindly

 drivers/block/xen-blkfront.c | 126 +++++++++++++++++++++++------------
 1 file changed, 84 insertions(+), 42 deletions(-)

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Juergen Gross Aug. 30, 2021, 10:16 a.m. UTC | #1
On 30.07.21 12:38, Juergen Gross wrote:
> Xen backends of para-virtualized devices can live in dom0 kernel, dom0
> user land, or in a driver domain. This means that a backend might
> reside in a less trusted environment than the Xen core components, so
> a backend should not be able to do harm to a Xen guest (it can still
> mess up I/O data, but it shouldn't be able to e.g. crash a guest by
> other means or cause a privilege escalation in the guest).
> 
> Unfortunately blkfront in the Linux kernel is fully trusting its
> backend. This series is fixing blkfront in this regard.
> 
> It was discussed to handle this as a security problem, but the topic
> was discussed in public before, so it isn't a real secret.
> 
> It should be mentioned that a similar series has been posted some years
> ago by Marek Marczykowski-Górecki, but this series has not been applied
> due to a Xen header not having been available in the Xen git repo at
> that time. Additionally my series is fixing some more DoS cases.
> 
> Changes in V3:
> - patch 3: insert missing unlock in error case (kernel test robot)
> - patch 3: use %#x as format for printing wrong operation value
>    (Roger Pau Monné)
> 
> Changes in V2:
> - put blkfront patches into own series
> - some minor comments addressed
> 
> Juergen Gross (3):
>    xen/blkfront: read response from backend only once
>    xen/blkfront: don't take local copy of a request from the ring page
>    xen/blkfront: don't trust the backend response data blindly
> 
>   drivers/block/xen-blkfront.c | 126 +++++++++++++++++++++++------------
>   1 file changed, 84 insertions(+), 42 deletions(-)
> 

Series pushed to xen/tip.git for-linus-5.15


Juergen