apparmor: fix aa_xattrs_match() may sleep while holding a RCU lock

aa_xattrs_match() is unfortunately calling vfs_getxattr_alloc() from a
context protected by an rcu_read_lock. This can not be done as
vfs_getxattr_alloc() may sleep regardles of the gfp_t value being
passed to it.

Fix this by breaking the rcu_read_lock on the policy search when the
xattr match feature is requested and restarting the search if a policy
changes occur.

Fixes: 8e51f9087f40 ("apparmor: Add support for attaching profiles via xattr, presence and value")
Reported-by: Jia-Ju Bai <>
Reported-by: Al Viro <>
Signed-off-by: John Johansen <>
3 files changed