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SubjectRe: Patch: Fix serial module use count (2.4.16 _and_ 2.5)


Russell King wrote:

>Hi,
>
>The existing serial.c contains a nice module use count bug which is easily
>triggerable. Without anything connected to ttyS0, do:
>
> stty -clocal -F /dev/ttyS0
> stty -aF /dev/ttyS0
>
>Hit ^c, lsmod shows use count of -1. Repeat to decrement further.
>
>Here's a patch that fixes this bogosity - please see the comment within
>the patch for the reason.
>
>Marcelo, please apply to both 2.4.
>Linus, please apply to 2.5 as a stop-gap until my new serial drivers are
>ready to be merged.
>
>Thanks.
>
>--- linux-orig/drivers/char/serial.c Tue Nov 13 12:37:12 2001
>+++ linux/drivers/char/serial.c Thu Nov 29 13:07:52 2001
>@@ -3133,6 +3133,10 @@
> * enables interrupts for a serial port, linking in its async structure into
> * the IRQ chain. It also performs the serial-specific
> * initialization for the tty structure.
>+ *
>+ * Note that on failure, we don't decrement the module use count - the tty
>+ * later will call rs_close, which will decrement it for us as long as
>+ * tty->driver_data is set non-NULL. --rmk
> */
> static int rs_open(struct tty_struct *tty, struct file * filp)
> {
>@@ -3153,10 +3157,8 @@
> }
> tty->driver_data = info;
> info->tty = tty;
>- if (serial_paranoia_check(info, tty->device, "rs_open")) {
>- MOD_DEC_USE_COUNT;
>+ if (serial_paranoia_check(info, tty->device, "rs_open"))
> return -ENODEV;
>- }
>
> #ifdef SERIAL_DEBUG_OPEN
> printk("rs_open %s%d, count = %d\n", tty->driver.name, info->line,
>@@ -3171,10 +3173,8 @@
> */
> if (!tmp_buf) {
> page = get_zeroed_page(GFP_KERNEL);
>- if (!page) {
>- MOD_DEC_USE_COUNT;
>+ if (!page)
> return -ENOMEM;
>- }
>

The current code on my system 2.5.0 looks like

if (!page) {
MOD_DEC_USE_COUNT;
return -ENOMEM;
}

I was wondering that if the open failed with something like this

open(/dev/ttyS0, args) = -ENOMEM;

why would somebody call close on /dev/ttyS0? If you call close on
a descriptor that failed to open, it is *BAD* code. I am assuming
that the tty layer that talks to the serial driver calls rs_close().

The same thing applies to the code below. I think that the open routine
should instead set tty->driver_data to NULL upon failure.


Comments,
Balbir Singh.




>
> if (tmp_buf)
> free_page(page);
> else
>@@ -3188,7 +3188,6 @@
> (info->flags & ASYNC_CLOSING)) {
> if (info->flags & ASYNC_CLOSING)
> interruptible_sleep_on(&info->close_wait);
>- MOD_DEC_USE_COUNT;
> #ifdef SERIAL_DO_RESTART
> return ((info->flags & ASYNC_HUP_NOTIFY) ?
> -EAGAIN : -ERESTARTSYS);
>@@ -3201,10 +3200,8 @@
> * Start up serial port
> */
> retval = startup(info);
>- if (retval) {
>- MOD_DEC_USE_COUNT;
>+ if (retval)
> return retval;
>- }
>
> retval = block_til_ready(tty, filp, info);
> if (retval) {
>@@ -3212,7 +3209,6 @@
> printk("rs_open returning after block_til_ready with %d\n",
> retval);
> #endif
>- MOD_DEC_USE_COUNT;
> return retval;
> }
>
>
>
>--
>Russell King (rmk@arm.linux.org.uk) The developer of ARM Linux
> http://www.arm.linux.org.uk/personal/aboutme.html
>
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