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SubjectRe: [PATCH 2/2] module: Re-enable dynamic debugging for GPL-compatible OOT modules
On Mon, 31 Oct 2011 13:44:17 +0000, Ben Hutchings <> wrote:
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> On Mon, 2011-10-31 at 12:29 +1030, Rusty Russell wrote:
> > On Fri, 28 Oct 2011 04:38:14 +0100, Ben Hutchings <> wrote:
> > > Dynamic debugging was enabled for GPL-compatible out-of-tree modules
> > > until my addition of TAINT_OOT_MODULE. It should continue to be
> > > enabled now.
> >
> > Please just remove the test entirely.
> >
> > AFAICT there's nothing unique to dynamic debug which means it should
> > avoid taint. If it oopses, we'll learn all about tainting in the oops
> > message.
> It looks like the dynamic debug facility is not meant to be available to
> proprietary modules.

That was my guess too, but Mathieu (the author) said it was about
malformed modules:

On Wed, 26 Oct 2011 02:15:21 -0400:
> This check for tainted modules was first introduced with markers, and
> then used by tracepoints, and then also by dynamic debug. The rationale
> for this check was mainly to ensure that the marker/tracepoint code
> would not trigger a crash when loading a module with incompatible module
> header, originally compiled for an older kernel, into a newer kernel.
> This problem would happen even if the said module does not contain any
> marker/tracepoint, because we happen to try to use fields that are
> non-existent in the module header.

This is pretty bogus: since they forced the module in the first place,
they can handle the explosion.

So we should drop it altogether.


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