From: "Jason A. Donenfeld" <>

3.4.113-rc1 review patch.  If anyone has any objections, please let me know.


commit 70d906bc17500edfa9bdd8c8b7e59618c7911613 upstream.

Some ciphers actually support encrypting zero length plaintexts. For
example, many AEAD modes support this. The resulting ciphertext for
those winds up being only the authentication tag, which is a result of
the key, the iv, the additional data, and the fact that the plaintext
had zero length. The blkcipher constructors won't copy the IV to the
right place, however, when using a zero length input, resulting in
some significant problems when ciphers call their initialization
routines, only to find that the ->iv parameter is uninitialized. One
such example of this would be using chacha20poly1305 with a zero length
input, which then calls chacha20, which calls the key setup routine,
which eventually OOPSes due to the uninitialized ->iv member.

Signed-off-by: Jason A. Donenfeld <>
Signed-off-by: Herbert Xu <>
[lizf: Backported to 3.4: adjust context]
Signed-off-by: Zefan Li <>
 crypto/ablkcipher.c | 2 +-
 crypto/blkcipher.c  | 2 +-
 2 files changed, 2 insertions(+), 2 deletions(-)

diff --git a/crypto/ablkcipher.c b/crypto/ablkcipher.c
index 4a9c499..1ef1428 100644
--- a/crypto/ablkcipher.c
+++ b/crypto/ablkcipher.c
@@ -280,12 +280,12 @@ static int ablkcipher_walk_first(struct 
ablkcipher_request *req,
        if (WARN_ON_ONCE(in_irq()))
                return -EDEADLK;
+       walk->iv = req->info;
        walk->nbytes = walk->total;
        if (unlikely(!walk->total))
                return 0;
        walk->iv_buffer = NULL;
-       walk->iv = req->info;
        if (unlikely(((unsigned long)walk->iv & alignmask))) {
                int err = ablkcipher_copy_iv(walk, tfm, alignmask);
                if (err)
diff --git a/crypto/blkcipher.c b/crypto/blkcipher.c
index 0a1ebea..34e5d65 100644
--- a/crypto/blkcipher.c
+++ b/crypto/blkcipher.c
@@ -329,12 +329,12 @@ static int blkcipher_walk_first(struct blkcipher_desc 
        if (WARN_ON_ONCE(in_irq()))
                return -EDEADLK;
+       walk->iv = desc->info;
        walk->nbytes = walk->total;
        if (unlikely(!walk->total))
                return 0;
        walk->buffer = NULL;
-       walk->iv = desc->info;
        if (unlikely(((unsigned long)walk->iv & alignmask))) {
                int err = blkcipher_copy_iv(walk, tfm, alignmask);
                if (err)

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