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SubjectRe: [PATCH] Stop ARM boards crashing when CUPS is loaded - 2.6.35-rc5
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On Tue, 13 Jul 2010 15:05:58 +0100
Lee Jones <lee.jones@canonical.com> wrote:

> >From 219005d9522043bc42ddb51d59688959eed0d443 Mon Sep 17 00:00:00 2001
> From: Lee Jones <lee.jones@canonical.com>
> Date: Tue, 13 Jul 2010 15:02:17 +0100
> Subject: [PATCH] UBUNTU: [Upstream] Stop ARM boards crashing when CUPS is loaded
>
> BugLink: http://bugs.launchpad.net/bugs/601226
>
> When CUPS loads, it tries to load several drivers that it may need.
> When one of these drivers, specifically parport_pc is loaded on ARM
> based systems, it causes a segmentation fault as the ISA addresses
> which are attempted are not writable on non-PC based architectures.
> This code prevents ISA addresses from being attempted except on x86.
>

That sounds like a pretty serious problem. But presumably it isn't -
otherwise it would have been fixed earlier!

So what actions are required to trigger this bug and why aren't others
seeing it?

> arch/arm/include/asm/parport.h | 7 +++++--

This should probably go via the arm tree.

>
> diff --git a/arch/arm/include/asm/parport.h b/arch/arm/include/asm/parport.h
> index 26e94b0..a1874f8 100644
> --- a/arch/arm/include/asm/parport.h
> +++ b/arch/arm/include/asm/parport.h
> @@ -9,10 +9,13 @@
> #ifndef __ASMARM_PARPORT_H
> #define __ASMARM_PARPORT_H
>
> -static int __devinit parport_pc_find_isa_ports (int autoirq, int autodma);
> static int __devinit parport_pc_find_nonpci_ports (int autoirq, int autodma)

It's strange that this function isn't marked inline. It's in a .h
file. But many arch/*/include/asm/parport.h's do it this way. They're
probably broken. It adds a risk that unneeded code will be generated
into each compilation unit which includes these headers, although gcc
can probably fix that, depending on the version. Plus it's plain odd.
> {
> - return parport_pc_find_isa_ports (autoirq, autodma);
> +/* parport_pc_find_isa_ports uses direct register addresses which are
> + * only correct on x86 architectures. This may have undesirable
> + * consequences (including segfaults) when used on other architectures.
> + */
> + return 0;
> }

That comment layout is whacky. I did this:

--- a/arch/arm/include/asm/parport.h~parport-prevent-arm-boards-frmo-crashing-when-cups-is-loaded-fix
+++ a/arch/arm/include/asm/parport.h
@@ -9,12 +9,13 @@
#ifndef __ASMARM_PARPORT_H
#define __ASMARM_PARPORT_H

-static int __devinit parport_pc_find_nonpci_ports (int autoirq, int autodma)
+static int __devinit parport_pc_find_nonpci_ports(int autoirq, int autodma)
{
-/* parport_pc_find_isa_ports uses direct register addresses which are
- * only correct on x86 architectures. This may have undesirable
- * consequences (including segfaults) when used on other architectures.
- */
+ /*
+ * parport_pc_find_isa_ports() uses direct register addresses which are
+ * only correct on x86 architectures. This may have undesirable
+ * consequences (including segfaults) when used on other architectures.
+ */
return 0;
}

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