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SubjectRe: [Linux-uvc-devel] [BUG] NULL pointer dereference caused by uvcvideo stress test
On Thu, 16 Oct 2008 11:01:27 +0100
Alan Jenkins <alan-jenkins@tuffmail.co.uk> wrote:

> Laurent Pinchart wrote:
> > Hi Alan,
> >
> > On Wednesday 15 October 2008, Alan Jenkins wrote:
> >
> >> Laurent Pinchart wrote:
> >>
> >>> On Wednesday 15 October 2008, Alan Jenkins wrote:
> >>>
> >>>> If you look at the trace, it happens as "hald-probe-video" opens the
> >>>> video device. This is from Ubuntu 8.04. Possibly it's significant that
> >>>> I use the camera first, to make sure it works (I use Kopete, the
> >>>> settings dialogue includes a video test).
> >>>>
> >>> The NULL pointer (or rather 0x00000030 pointer) dereference happens in
> >>> video_open:
> >>>
> >>> file->f_op = fops_get(vfl->fops);
> >>> if (file->f_op->open)
> >>> err = file->f_op->open(inode, file);
> >>>
> >>> file->f_op ends up being NULL. Either vfl->fops is NULL to begin with, or
> >>> fops_get failed to get a reference to the file_operations structure.
> >>>
> >>> I'd be surprised if vfl->fops was NULL. To rule out that case, can you
> >>> add a BUG_ON(vfl->fops == NULL) before the call to fops_get ?
> >>>
> >>> I'm not too familiar with the module loader, but a quick look at the code
> >>> shows that the module could be marked as being unloaded
> >>> (MODULE_STATE_GOING) before its exit function is called. If this is the
> >>> case video_open would still be called, as the video device would still be
> >>> registered, but fops_get would fail in try_module_get and return a NULL
> >>> pointer. It seems the pointer returned by fops_get should be tested in
> >>> video_open.
> >>>
> >>> I've CC'ed the v4l maintainer to get his opinion on this.

Sorry for being late with this. Too much work here...

I suspect that you only hit this bug due to BKL removal from open/close fops.
maybe you're calling open() before having the device fully initialized?

Anyway, I think that the proposed check is interesting on other places where
there are similar code.

Cheers,
Mauro


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