selinux: fix off-by-one in setprocattr

commit 0c461cb727 upstream.

SELinux tries to support setting/clearing of /proc/pid/attr attributes
from the shell by ignoring terminating newlines and treating an
attribute value that begins with a NUL or newline as an attempt to
clear the attribute.  However, the test for clearing attributes has
always been wrong; it has an off-by-one error, and this could further
lead to reading past the end of the allocated buffer since commit
bb646cdb12 ("proc_pid_attr_write():
switch to memdup_user()").  Fix the off-by-one error.

Even with this fix, setting and clearing /proc/pid/attr attributes
from the shell is not straightforward since the interface does not
support multiple write() calls (so shells that write the value and
newline separately will set and then immediately clear the attribute,
requiring use of echo -n to set the attribute), whereas trying to use
echo -n "" to clear the attribute causes the shell to skip the
write() call altogether since POSIX says that a zero-length write
causes no side effects. Thus, one must use echo -n to set and echo
without -n to clear, as in the following example:
$ echo -n unconfined_u:object_r:user_home_t:s0 > /proc/$$/attr/fscreate
$ cat /proc/$$/attr/fscreate
$ echo "" > /proc/$$/attr/fscreate
$ cat /proc/$$/attr/fscreate

Note the use of /proc/$$ rather than /proc/self, as otherwise
the cat command will read its own attribute value, not that of the shell.

There are no users of this facility to my knowledge; possibly we
should just get rid of it.

UPDATE: Upon further investigation it appears that a local process
with the process:setfscreate permission can cause a kernel panic as a
result of this bug.  This patch fixes CVE-2017-2618.

Signed-off-by: Stephen Smalley <>
[PM: added the update about CVE-2017-2618 to the commit description]
Signed-off-by: Paul Moore <>
Signed-off-by: Greg Kroah-Hartman <>

Signed-off-by: James Morris <>
Stephen Smalley 6 years ago committed by Greg Kroah-Hartman
parent 2089e4563d
commit 6cbaf7b943

@ -5858,7 +5858,7 @@ static int selinux_setprocattr(struct task_struct *p,
return error;
/* Obtain a SID for the context, if one was specified. */
if (size && str[1] && str[1] != '\n') {
if (size && str[0] && str[0] != '\n') {
if (str[size-1] == '\n') {
str[size-1] = 0;