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SubjectRe: [PATCH 1/4] scsi: pmcraid: use __iomem pointers for ioctl argument
On Thu, Apr 20, 2017 at 9:24 PM, Al Viro <viro@zeniv.linux.org.uk> wrote:
> On Thu, Apr 20, 2017 at 07:54:45PM +0200, Arnd Bergmann wrote:
>> kernelci.org reports a new compile warning for old code in the pmcraid
>> driver:
>>
>> arch/mips/include/asm/uaccess.h:138:21: warning: passing argument 1 of '__access_ok' makes pointer from integer without a cast [-Wint-conversion]
>>
>> The warning got introduced by a cleanup to the access_ok() helper
>> that requires the argument to be a pointer, where the old version
>> silently accepts 'unsigned long' arguments as it still does on most
>> other architectures.
>>
>> The new behavior in MIPS however seems absolutely sensible, and so far I
>> could only find one other file with the same issue, so the best solution
>> seems to be to clean up the pmcraid driver.
>>
>> This makes the driver consistently use 'void __iomem *' pointers for
>> passing around the address of the user space ioctl arguments, which gets
>> rid of the kernelci warning as well as several sparse warnings.
>
> Is there any point in keeping that access_ok() in the first place, rather
> than just switching to copy_from_user()/copy_to_user() in there? AFAICS,
> it's only for the sake of the loop in pmcraid_copy_sglist():
> for (i = 0; i < (len / bsize_elem); i++, buffer += bsize_elem) {
> struct page *page = sg_page(&scatterlist[i]);
>
> kaddr = kmap(page);
> if (direction == DMA_TO_DEVICE)
> rc = __copy_from_user(kaddr,
> (void *)buffer,
> bsize_elem);
> else
> rc = __copy_to_user((void *)buffer, kaddr, bsize_elem);
>
> kunmap(page);
>
> if (rc) {
> pmcraid_err("failed to copy user data into sg list\n");
> return -EFAULT;
> }
>
> scatterlist[i].length = bsize_elem;
> }
> and seeing that each of those calls copies is at least a full page... If
> there is an architecture where a single access_ok() costs a noticable fraction
> of the time it takes to copy a full page, we have a much worse problem than
> overhead in obscure ioctl...

Right, that would also fix the warning. I think we should just do both
fixes, as they are each a worthwhile cleanup. I can do this as another
patch on top of the series.

I've done that second patch now and given it a spin on the randconfig test
builds.

Arnd

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