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Subjectioctl arg passing
Righto, first post to the list, here goes:

I'm writing a char device driver for a dsp card that drives a motion
platform. The basic flow is I basically have to reset the card and upload
an executable file to it, and then poke the card to run it. Once this is
done, I can issue instructions to the card/code to pass and return data
from the card about the platform it's controlling.

To pass the instructions I'm using a generic ioctl which passes the data
between user & kernel-space using a struct which is basically like:

struct instruction_t {
__s16 code;
__s16 rxlen;
__s16 *rxbuf;
__s16 txlen;
__s16 *txbuf;
};
(rx|tx)len is the length of the extra data that is provided/requested
in/to be in (rx|tx)buf. Got me so far?
Am I allowed to do this across the ioctl interface? In my ioctl
"handler" I'm attempting to do:

--8<--

struct instruction_t local;
__s16 *temp;

copy_from_user( &local, ( struct instruction_t * ) arg, sizeof( struct instruction_t ) );
temp = kmalloc( sizeof( __s16 ) * local.rxlen, GFP_KERNEL );
copy_from_user( temp, arg, sizeof( __s16 ) * local.rxlen );
local.rxbuf = temp;
temp = kmalloc( sizeof( __s16 ) * local.txlen, GFP_KERNEL );
...

--8<--

Is this going to work as expected? Or am I gonna generate oops-a-plenty?

Cheers

Matt

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