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Subject[PATCH] (2.6.x) toshiba_acpi needs copy_from_user (fixes oops)
On kernels with the 4G/4G patch (like some of the recent kernels in
Fedora Core 2 development), writing stuff to the /proc/acpi/toshiba/*
files causes an oops. As it turns out, this is because the driver is
accessing userspace data without first doing copy_from_user(). IOW, this
is a bug in toshiba_acpi, not a bug in the 4G/4G patch.

Here's a patch to fix this bug. I've tested it on 2.6.4 + some patches
from the FC kernels (including the 4G/4G patch) and it fixes my oopses.
I have also tested it against vanilla 2.6.4 and I haven't encountered
any regressions.

If there are any problems with this patch, let me know.

-Barry K. Nathan <>

diff -ruN linux-2.6.4/drivers/acpi/toshiba_acpi.c linux-2.6.4-bkn1/drivers/acpi/toshiba_acpi.c
--- linux-2.6.4/drivers/acpi/toshiba_acpi.c 2004-03-12 21:31:59.000000000 -0800
+++ linux-2.6.4-bkn1/drivers/acpi/toshiba_acpi.c 2004-03-12 22:27:07.000000000 -0800
@@ -41,6 +41,7 @@
#include <linux/init.h>
#include <linux/types.h>
#include <linux/proc_fs.h>
+#include <asm/uaccess.h>

#include <acpi/acpi_drivers.h>

@@ -269,10 +270,18 @@

static int
-dispatch_write(struct file* file, const char* buffer, unsigned long count,
- ProcItem* item)
+dispatch_write(struct file* file, const char __user *buffer,
+ unsigned long count, ProcItem* item)
- return item->write_func(buffer, count);
+ char str[48] = {'\0'};
+ if (count > sizeof(str) - 1)
+ return count;
+ if (copy_from_user(str, buffer, count))
+ return -EFAULT;
+ return item->write_func(str, count);

static char*
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