firmware: fix NULL pointer dereference in __fw_load_abort()

Since commit 5d47ec02c3 ("firmware: Correct handling of
fw_state_wait() return value") fw_load_abort() could be called twice and
lead us to a kernel crash. This happens only when the firmware fallback
mechanism (regular or custom) is used. The fallback mechanism exposes a
sysfs interface for userspace to upload a file and notify the kernel
when the file is loaded and ready, or to cancel an upload by echo'ing -1
into on the loading file:

echo -n "-1" > /sys/$DEVPATH/loading

This will call fw_load_abort(). Some distributions actually have a udev
rule in place to *always* immediately cancel all firmware fallback
mechanism requests (Debian), they have:

  $ cat /lib/udev/rules.d/50-firmware.rules
  # stub for immediately telling the kernel that userspace firmware loading
  # failed; necessary to avoid long timeouts with CONFIG_FW_LOADER_USER_HELPER=y
  SUBSYSTEM=="firmware", ACTION=="add", ATTR{loading}="-1

Distributions with this udev rule would run into this crash only if the
fallback mechanism is used. Since most distributions disable by default
using the fallback mechanism (CONFIG_FW_LOADER_USER_HELPER_FALLBACK),
this would typicaly mean only 2 drivers which *require* the fallback
mechanism could typically incur a crash: drivers/firmware/dell_rbu.c and
the drivers/leds/leds-lp55xx-common.c driver. Distributions enabling
CONFIG_FW_LOADER_USER_HELPER_FALLBACK by default are obviously more
exposed to this crash.

The crash happens because after commit 5b02962494 ("firmware: do not
use fw_lock for fw_state protection") and subsequent fix commit
5d47ec02c3 ("firmware: Correct handling of fw_state_wait() return
value") a race can happen between this cancelation and the firmware
fw_state_wait_timeout() being woken up after a state change with which
fw_load_abort() as that calls swake_up(). Upon error
fw_state_wait_timeout() will also again call fw_load_abort() and trigger
a null reference.

At first glance we could just fix this with a !buf check on
fw_load_abort() before accessing buf->fw_st, however there is a logical
issue in having a state machine used for the fallback mechanism and
preventing access from it once we abort as its inside the buf

The firmware_class.c code is setting the buf to NULL to annotate an
abort has occurred. Replace this mechanism by simply using the state
check instead. All the other code in place already uses similar checks
for aborting as well so no further changes are needed.

An oops can be reproduced with the new fallback mechanism
cancellation test. Either cancelling the fallback mechanism or the
custom fallback mechanism triggers a crash.

mcgrof@piggy ~/linux-next/tools/testing/selftests/firmware
(git::20170111-fw-fixes)$ sudo ./

./ timeout works
./ firmware comparison works
./ fallback mechanism works

[ this then sits here when it is trying the cancellation test ]

Kernel log:

test_firmware: loading 'nope-test-firmware.bin'
misc test_firmware: Direct firmware load for nope-test-firmware.bin failed with error -2
misc test_firmware: Falling back to user helper
BUG: unable to handle kernel NULL pointer dereference at 0000000000000038
IP: _request_firmware+0xa27/0xad0

Oops: 0000 [#1] SMP
Modules linked in: test_firmware(E) ... etc ...
CPU: 1 PID: 1396 Comm: Tainted: G        W E   4.10.0-rc3-next-20170111+ #30
Hardware name: QEMU Standard PC (i440FX + PIIX, 1996), BIOS 04/01/2014
task: ffff9740b27f4340 task.stack: ffffbb15c0bc8000
RIP: 0010:_request_firmware+0xa27/0xad0
RSP: 0018:ffffbb15c0bcbd10 EFLAGS: 00010246
RAX: 00000000fffffffe RBX: ffff9740afe5aa80 RCX: 0000000000000000
RDX: ffff9740b27f4340 RSI: 0000000000000283 RDI: 0000000000000000
RBP: ffffbb15c0bcbd90 R08: ffffbb15c0bcbcd8 R09: 0000000000000000
R10: 0000000894a0d4b1 R11: 000000000000008c R12: ffffffffc0312480
R13: 0000000000000005 R14: ffff9740b1c32400 R15: 00000000000003e8
FS:  00007f8604422700(0000) GS:ffff9740bfc80000(0000) knlGS:0000000000000000
CS:  0010 DS: 0000 ES: 0000 CR0: 0000000080050033
CR2: 0000000000000038 CR3: 000000012164c000 CR4: 00000000000006e0
Call Trace:
 trigger_request_store+0x79/0xd0 [test_firmware]
 ? _cond_resched+0x1a/0x50
 ? trace_do_page_fault+0x37/0xd0
RIP: 0033:0x7f8603f49620
RSP: 002b:00007fff6287b788 EFLAGS: 00000246 ORIG_RAX: 0000000000000001
RAX: ffffffffffffffda RBX: 000055c307b110a0 RCX: 00007f8603f49620
RDX: 0000000000000016 RSI: 000055c3084d8a90 RDI: 0000000000000001
RBP: 0000000000000016 R08: 000000000000c0ff R09: 000055c3084d6336
R10: 000055c307b108b0 R11: 0000000000000246 R12: 000055c307b13c80
R13: 000055c3084d6320 R14: 0000000000000000 R15: 00007fff6287b950
Code: 9f 64 84 e8 9c 61 fe ff b8 f4 ff ff ff e9 6b f9 ff
ff 48 c7 c7 40 6b 8d 84 89 45 a8 e8 43 84 18 00 49 8b be 00 03 00 00 8b
45 a8 <83> 7f 38 02 74 08 e8 6e ec ff ff 8b 45 a8 49 c7 86 00 03 00 00
RIP: _request_firmware+0xa27/0xad0 RSP: ffffbb15c0bcbd10
CR2: 0000000000000038
---[ end trace 6d94ac339c133e6f ]---

Fixes: 5d47ec02c3 ("firmware: Correct handling of fw_state_wait() return value")
Reported-and-Tested-by: Jakub Kicinski <>
Reported-and-Tested-by: Patrick Bruenn <>
Reported-by: Chris Wilson <>
CC: <>    [3.10+]
Signed-off-by: Luis R. Rodriguez <>
Signed-off-by: Greg Kroah-Hartman <>
Luis R. Rodriguez 2017-01-25 10:31:52 -08:00 committed by Greg Kroah-Hartman
parent 49def18533
commit 191e885a2e
1 changed files with 1 additions and 4 deletions

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@ -558,9 +558,6 @@ static void fw_load_abort(struct firmware_priv *fw_priv)
struct firmware_buf *buf = fw_priv->buf;
/* avoid user action after loading abort */
fw_priv->buf = NULL;
static LIST_HEAD(pending_fw_head);
@ -713,7 +710,7 @@ static ssize_t firmware_loading_store(struct device *dev,
fw_buf = fw_priv->buf;
if (!fw_buf)
if (fw_state_is_aborted(&fw_buf->fw_st))
goto out;
switch (loading) {