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SubjectRe: [PATCH] virt: Add vboxguest driver for Virtual Box Guest integration
On Wed, Oct 04, 2017 at 12:40:54PM +0200, Hans de Goede wrote:
> Hi,
>
> On 04-10-17 12:30, Greg Kroah-Hartman wrote:
> > On Wed, Oct 04, 2017 at 12:23:41PM +0200, Arnd Bergmann wrote:
> > > On Wed, Oct 4, 2017 at 12:11 PM, Greg Kroah-Hartman
> > > <gregkh@linuxfoundation.org> wrote:
> > > > On Wed, Oct 04, 2017 at 11:32:23AM +0200, Hans de Goede wrote:
> > > > > Hi,
> > > > >
> > > > > On 03-10-17 13:41, Hans de Goede wrote:
> > > > >
> > > > > <snip>
> > > > >
> > > > > > > > +#define CHECK_IOCTL_IN(req) \
> > > > > > > > +do { \
> > > > > > > > + if ((req)->Hdr.cbIn != (sizeof((req)->Hdr) + sizeof((req)->u.In)) || \
> > > > > > > > + (req)->Hdr.cbOut != sizeof((req)->Hdr)) \
> > > > > > > > + return -EINVAL; \
> > > > > > > > +} while (0)
> > > > > > >
> > > > > > > Make these things functions instead of macros.
> > > > > >
> > > > > > Turning these into functions is a good idea I will do so for v2.
> > > > >
> > > > > Correction, I forgot that the passed in "req" macro
> > > > > argument has a different type with all the calls, so
> > > > > these cannot be changed into functions because they
> > > > > rely on sizeof on the specific type to do the size
> > > > > checks.
> > > >
> > > > Don't we already have built-in checks for these types of things? Surely
> > > > we don't require each ioctl user in the kernel to do this by
> > > > themselves...
> > >
> > > No other driver uses this kind of header for the ioctl structures,
> > > usually we just rely on the ioctl command number to encode the
> > > size, or we copy a fixed length.
> >
> > Then why can't we do the same thing here as well?
>
> VirtualBox uses the same ioctl interface for the guest-additions userspace
> parts on all supported platforms and not all platforms support encoding
> the size in the ioctl number, so all the ioctl data structs have a header
> with the in and out sizes in there, these macros check that header.
>
> As mentioned during the RFC discussions changing the ioctl interface
> is going to be troublesome to do because we want to be ABI compatible
> with the kernel module shipped with the guest additions.
>
> Having 2 separate guest additions builds, one for running with the out
> of tree driver (which eventually should go away I hope, but certainly not
> soon) and another build for the mainline version of the vboxguest driver
> is not supportable.
>
> I'm confident that if we find issues during the review process, which
> have security implications, or where behavior is not clearly specified,
> that we can get VirtualBox upstream to fix the API for that, but outright
> re-designing the API is not really an option I believe.
>
> As for these specific macros to check the ioctl data struct header,
> if these are considered a problem I can simply write out the code in
> the few places where this macro is called.

Ok, that makes a bit more sense, let's see what your next round of
patches look like, we can take it from there :)

thanks,

greg k-h

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