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KEYS: Fix crash when attempt to garbage collect an

 uninstantiated keyring

The following sequence of commands:

    i=`keyctl add user a a @s`
    keyctl request2 keyring foo bar @t
    keyctl unlink $i @s

tries to invoke an upcall to instantiate a keyring if one doesn't already
exist by that name within the user's keyring set.  However, if the upcall
fails, the code sets keyring->type_data.reject_error to -ENOKEY or some
other error code.  When the key is garbage collected, the key destroy
function is called unconditionally and keyring_destroy() uses list_empty()
on keyring-> - which is in a union with reject_error.
Subsequently, the kernel tries to unlink the keyring from the keyring names
list - which oopses like this:

	BUG: unable to handle kernel paging request at 00000000ffffff8a
	IP: [<ffffffff8126e051>] keyring_destroy+0x3d/0x88
	Workqueue: events key_garbage_collector
	RIP: 0010:[<ffffffff8126e051>] keyring_destroy+0x3d/0x88
	RSP: 0018:ffff88003e2f3d30  EFLAGS: 00010203
	RAX: 00000000ffffff82 RBX: ffff88003bf1a900 RCX: 0000000000000000
	RDX: 0000000000000000 RSI: 000000003bfc6901 RDI: ffffffff81a73a40
	RBP: ffff88003e2f3d38 R08: 0000000000000152 R09: 0000000000000000
	R10: ffff88003e2f3c18 R11: 000000000000865b R12: ffff88003bf1a900
	R13: 0000000000000000 R14: ffff88003bf1a908 R15: ffff88003e2f4000
	CR2: 00000000ffffff8a CR3: 000000003e3ec000 CR4: 00000000000006f0
	Call Trace:
	 [<ffffffff8126c756>] key_gc_unused_keys.constprop.1+0x5d/0x10f
	 [<ffffffff8126ca71>] key_garbage_collector+0x1fa/0x351
	 [<ffffffff8105ec9b>] process_one_work+0x28e/0x547
	 [<ffffffff8105fd17>] worker_thread+0x26e/0x361
	 [<ffffffff8105faa9>] ? rescuer_thread+0x2a8/0x2a8
	 [<ffffffff810648ad>] kthread+0xf3/0xfb
	 [<ffffffff810647ba>] ? kthread_create_on_node+0x1c2/0x1c2
	 [<ffffffff815f2ccf>] ret_from_fork+0x3f/0x70
	 [<ffffffff810647ba>] ? kthread_create_on_node+0x1c2/0x1c2

Note the value in RAX.  This is a 32-bit representation of -ENOKEY.

The solution is to only call ->destroy() if the key was successfully

Change-Id: Ia52370813b7e8231fdd99d2a208340af1c7b4007
Reported-by: Dmitry Vyukov <>
Signed-off-by: David Howells <>
Tested-by: Dmitry Vyukov <>
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dhowells authored and andi34 committed Oct 15, 2015
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  1. +3 −1 security/keys/key.c
@@ -640,7 +640,9 @@ static void key_cleanup(struct work_struct *work)
/* now throw away the key memory */
if (key->type->destroy)
if (test_bit(KEY_FLAG_INSTANTIATED, &key->flags) &&
!test_bit(KEY_FLAG_NEGATIVE, &key->flags) &&

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