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tty: Fix unsafe ldisc reference via ioctl(TIOCGETD)

ioctl(TIOCGETD) retrieves the line discipline id directly from the
ldisc because the line discipline id (c_line) in termios is untrustworthy;
userspace may have set termios via ioctl(TCSETS*) without actually
changing the line discipline via ioctl(TIOCSETD).

However, directly accessing the current ldisc via tty->ldisc is
unsafe; the ldisc ptr dereferenced may be stale if the line discipline
is changing via ioctl(TIOCSETD) or hangup.

Wait for the line discipline reference (just like read() or write())
to retrieve the "current" line discipline id.

Cc: <>
Signed-off-by: Peter Hurley <>
Signed-off-by: Greg Kroah-Hartman <>
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peterhurley authored and gregkh committed Jan 11, 2016
1 parent 7f22f6c commit 5c17c861a357e9458001f021a7afa7aab9937439
Showing with 23 additions and 1 deletion.
  1. +23 −1 drivers/tty/tty_io.c
@@ -2658,6 +2658,28 @@ static int tiocsetd(struct tty_struct *tty, int __user *p)
return ret;

* tiocgetd - get line discipline
* @tty: tty device
* @p: pointer to user data
* Retrieves the line discipline id directly from the ldisc.
* Locking: waits for ldisc reference (in case the line discipline
* is changing or the tty is being hungup)

static int tiocgetd(struct tty_struct *tty, int __user *p)
struct tty_ldisc *ld;
int ret;

ld = tty_ldisc_ref_wait(tty);
ret = put_user(ld->ops->num, p);
return ret;

* send_break - performed time break
* @tty: device to break on
@@ -2884,7 +2906,7 @@ long tty_ioctl(struct file *file, unsigned int cmd, unsigned long arg)
return tiocgsid(tty, real_tty, p);
return put_user(tty->ldisc->ops->num, (int __user *)p);
return tiocgetd(tty, p);
return tiocsetd(tty, p);

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