[3.8.y.z,extended,stable] Patch "x86/efi: Fix dummy variable buffer allocation" has been added to staging queue

Submitted by Kamal Mostafa on July 17, 2013, 10:19 p.m.


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Kamal Mostafa July 17, 2013, 10:19 p.m.
This is a note to let you know that I have just added a patch titled

    x86/efi: Fix dummy variable buffer allocation

to the linux-3.8.y-queue branch of the 3.8.y.z extended stable tree 
which can be found at:


This patch is scheduled to be released in version

If you, or anyone else, feels it should not be added to this tree, please 
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From 7a1dcaebba90e821b8f4aff22f44fca33f11bfff Mon Sep 17 00:00:00 2001
From: Ben Hutchings <ben@decadent.org.uk>
Date: Sun, 16 Jun 2013 21:27:12 +0100
Subject: x86/efi: Fix dummy variable buffer allocation

commit b8cb62f82103083a6e8fa5470bfe634a2c06514d upstream.

1. Check for allocation failure
2. Clear the buffer contents, as they may actually be written to flash
3. Don't leak the buffer

Compile-tested only.

[ Tested successfully on my buggy ASUS machine - Matt ]

Signed-off-by: Ben Hutchings <ben@decadent.org.uk>
Signed-off-by: Matt Fleming <matt.fleming@intel.com>
Signed-off-by: Kamal Mostafa <kamal@canonical.com>
 arch/x86/platform/efi/efi.c | 7 ++++++-
 1 file changed, 6 insertions(+), 1 deletion(-)


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diff --git a/arch/x86/platform/efi/efi.c b/arch/x86/platform/efi/efi.c
index 87e91ba..fe2ac4f 100644
--- a/arch/x86/platform/efi/efi.c
+++ b/arch/x86/platform/efi/efi.c
@@ -1060,7 +1060,10 @@  efi_status_t efi_query_variable_store(u32 attributes, unsigned long size)
 		 * that by attempting to use more space than is available.
 		unsigned long dummy_size = remaining_size + 1024;
-		void *dummy = kmalloc(dummy_size, GFP_ATOMIC);
+		void *dummy = kzalloc(dummy_size, GFP_ATOMIC);
+		if (!dummy)

 		status = efi.set_variable(efi_dummy_name, &EFI_DUMMY_GUID,
@@ -1080,6 +1083,8 @@  efi_status_t efi_query_variable_store(u32 attributes, unsigned long size)
 					 0, dummy);

+		kfree(dummy);
 		 * The runtime code may now have triggered a garbage collection
 		 * run, so check the variable info again