[3.5.y.z,extended,stable] Patch "TTY: do not update atime/mtime on read/write" has been added to staging queue

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Luis Henriques May 1, 2013, 11:33 p.m.
This is a note to let you know that I have just added a patch titled

    TTY: do not update atime/mtime on read/write

to the linux-3.5.y-queue branch of the 3.5.y.z extended stable tree 
which can be found at:


If you, or anyone else, feels it should not be added to this tree, please 
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From a992912d4b00defcd633c550955f02ff0d3c72d4 Mon Sep 17 00:00:00 2001
From: Jiri Slaby <jslaby@suse.cz>
Date: Fri, 15 Feb 2013 15:25:05 +0100
Subject: [PATCH] TTY: do not update atime/mtime on read/write

commit b0de59b5733d18b0d1974a060860a8b5c1b36a2e upstream.

On http://vladz.devzero.fr/013_ptmx-timing.php, we can see how to find
out length of a password using timestamps of /dev/ptmx. It is
documented in "Timing Analysis of Keystrokes and Timing Attacks on
SSH". To avoid that problem, do not update time when reading
from/writing to a TTY.

I am afraid of regressions as this is a behavior we have since 0.97
and apps may expect the time to be current, e.g. for monitoring
whether there was a change on the TTY. Now, there is no change. So
this would better have a lot of testing before it goes upstream.

References: CVE-2013-0160

Signed-off-by: Jiri Slaby <jslaby@suse.cz>
Signed-off-by: Greg Kroah-Hartman <gregkh@linuxfoundation.org>
Signed-off-by: Luis Henriques <luis.henriques@canonical.com>
 drivers/tty/tty_io.c | 8 ++------
 1 file changed, 2 insertions(+), 6 deletions(-)



diff --git a/drivers/tty/tty_io.c b/drivers/tty/tty_io.c
index b425c79..e0767b7 100644
--- a/drivers/tty/tty_io.c
+++ b/drivers/tty/tty_io.c
@@ -975,8 +975,7 @@  static ssize_t tty_read(struct file *file, char __user *buf, size_t count,
 		i = -EIO;
-	if (i > 0)
-		inode->i_atime = current_fs_time(inode->i_sb);
 	return i;

@@ -1077,11 +1076,8 @@  static inline ssize_t do_tty_write(
-	if (written) {
-		struct inode *inode = file->f_path.dentry->d_inode;
-		inode->i_mtime = current_fs_time(inode->i_sb);
+	if (written)
 		ret = written;
-	}
 	return ret;