There are two problems with refcounting of auth_gss messages.
First, the reference on the pipe->pipe list (taken by a call
to rpc_queue_upcall()) is not counted. It seems to be
assumed that a message in pipe->pipe will always also be in
pipe->in_downcall, where it is correctly reference counted.
However there is no guaranty of this. I have a report of a
NULL dereferences in rpc_pipe_read() which suggests a msg
that has been freed is still on the pipe->pipe list.
One way I imagine this might happen is:
- message is queued for uid=U and auth->service=S1
- rpc.gssd reads this message and starts processing.
This removes the message from pipe->pipe
- message is queued for uid=U and auth->service=S2
- rpc.gssd replies to the first message. gss_pipe_downcall()
calls __gss_find_upcall(pipe, U, NULL) and it finds the
*second* message, as new messages are placed at the head
of ->in_downcall, and the service type is not checked.
- This second message is removed from ->in_downcall and freed
by gss_release_msg() (even though it is still on pipe->pipe)
- rpc.gssd tries to read another message, and dereferences a pointer
to this message that has just been freed.
I fix this by incrementing the reference count before calling
rpc_queue_upcall(), and decrementing it if that fails, or normally in
It seems strange that the reply doesn't target the message more
precisely, but I don't know all the details. In any case, I think the
reference counting irregularity became a measureable bug when the
extra arg was added to __gss_find_upcall(), hence the Fixes: line
The second problem is that if rpc_queue_upcall() fails, the new
message is not freed. gss_alloc_msg() set the ->count to 1,
gss_add_msg() increments this to 2, gss_unhash_msg() decrements to 1,
then the pointer is discarded so the memory never gets freed.