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authorDaniel Vetter <>2020-11-08 16:38:06 +0100
committerGreg Kroah-Hartman <>2020-11-10 12:37:31 +0100
commit642181fe3567419d84d2457b58f262c37467f525 (patch)
parentcfd9d7137759127d67adf5b1f9a7b171a1bac52f (diff)
vt: Disable KD_FONT_OP_COPY
commit 3c4e0dff2095c579b142d5a0693257f1c58b4804 upstream. It's buggy: On Fri, Nov 06, 2020 at 10:30:08PM +0800, Minh Yuan wrote: > We recently discovered a slab-out-of-bounds read in fbcon in the latest > kernel ( v5.10-rc2 for now ). The root cause of this vulnerability is that > "fbcon_do_set_font" did not handle "vc->" and > "vc->vc_font.height" correctly, and the patch > <> for VT_RESIZEX can't handle this > issue. > > Specifically, we use KD_FONT_OP_SET to set a small for tty6, and > use KD_FONT_OP_SET again to set a large font.height for tty1. After that, > we use KD_FONT_OP_COPY to assign tty6's to tty1's > in "fbcon_do_set_font", while tty1 retains the original larger > height. Obviously, this will cause an out-of-bounds read, because we can > access a smaller with a larger vc_font.height. Further there was only one user ever. - Android's loadfont, busybox and console-tools only ever use OP_GET and OP_SET - fbset documentation only mentions the kernel cmdline font: option, not anything else. - systemd used OP_COPY before release 232 published in Nov 2016 Now unfortunately the crucial report seems to have gone down with gmane, and the commit message doesn't say much. But the pull request hints at OP_COPY being broken So in other words, this never worked, and the only project which foolishly every tried to use it, realized that rather quickly too. Instead of trying to fix security issues here on dead code by adding missing checks, fix the entire thing by removing the functionality. Note that systemd code using the OP_COPY function ignored the return value, so it doesn't matter what we're doing here really - just in case a lone server somewhere happens to be extremely unlucky and running an affected old version of systemd. The relevant code from font_copy_to_all_vcs() in systemd was: /* copy font from active VT, where the font was uploaded to */ cfo.op = KD_FONT_OP_COPY; cfo.height = vcs.v_active-1; /* tty1 == index 0 */ (void) ioctl(vcfd, KDFONTOP, &cfo); Note this just disables the ioctl, garbage collecting the now unused callbacks is left for -next. v2: Tetsuo found the old mail, which allowed me to find it on another archive. Add the link too. Acked-by: Peilin Ye <> Reported-by: Minh Yuan <> References: References: Cc: Greg KH <> Cc: Peilin Ye <> Cc: Tetsuo Handa <> Signed-off-by: Daniel Vetter <> Link: Signed-off-by: Greg Kroah-Hartman <>
1 files changed, 2 insertions, 22 deletions
diff --git a/drivers/tty/vt/vt.c b/drivers/tty/vt/vt.c
index d07a9c9c7608..c55b6d7ccaf7 100644
--- a/drivers/tty/vt/vt.c
+++ b/drivers/tty/vt/vt.c
@@ -4620,27 +4620,6 @@ static int con_font_default(struct vc_data *vc, struct console_font_op *op)
return rc;
-static int con_font_copy(struct vc_data *vc, struct console_font_op *op)
- int con = op->height;
- int rc;
- console_lock();
- if (vc->vc_mode != KD_TEXT)
- rc = -EINVAL;
- else if (!vc->vc_sw->con_font_copy)
- rc = -ENOSYS;
- else if (con < 0 || !vc_cons_allocated(con))
- rc = -ENOTTY;
- else if (con == vc->vc_num) /* nothing to do */
- rc = 0;
- else
- rc = vc->vc_sw->con_font_copy(vc, con);
- console_unlock();
- return rc;
int con_font_op(struct vc_data *vc, struct console_font_op *op)
switch (op->op) {
@@ -4651,7 +4630,8 @@ int con_font_op(struct vc_data *vc, struct console_font_op *op)
return con_font_default(vc, op);
- return con_font_copy(vc, op);
+ /* was buggy and never really used */
+ return -EINVAL;
return -ENOSYS;