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SubjectRe: [PATCH 2/2] kconfig/nconf: prevent segfault on empty menu
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Hi,

On Sun, Jul 10, 2011 at 6:32 AM, Nir Tzachar <nir.tzachar@gmail.com> wrote:
> Hello.
>
> On Sun, Jul 10, 2011 at 10:27 AM, Arnaud Lacombe <lacombar@gmail.com> wrote:
>> nconf does not check the validity of the current menu when help is requested
>> (with either <F2>, '?' or 'h'). This leads to a NULL pointer dereference when an
>> empty menu is encountered.
>>
>> The following reduced testcase exposes the problem:
>>
>> config DEP
>>        bool
>>
>> menu "FOO"
>>
>> config BAR
>>        bool "BAR"
>>        depends on DEP
>>
>> endmenu
>>
>> Issue will happen when entering menu "FOO" and requesting help.
>>
>> nconf is the only front-end which do not filter the validity of the current
>> menu. Such filter can not really happen beforehand as other key which does not
>> deals with the current menu might be entered by the user, so just bails out
>> earlier if we encounter an invalid menu.
>
> I do not believe the correct solution is silently ignoring the user's
> key presses. I think the correct behavior would be to display a
> nohelp_text window.
>
> something like this (untested):
> show_scroll_win(main_window, nohelp_text);
>
This would be:

show_scroll_win(main_window, _(menu_get_prompt(menu)), nohelp_text);

but we would fall back on the original issue as requesting the prompt
of an invalid menu does not make sense, so the menu_get_prompt(menu)
would still have to be replaced with something valid. It would be nice
to come up with a solution valid at least for nconf and mconf.
Currently mconf just silently discard the key pressed.

To some extend I do not think any frontend should display a menu which
has no visible child, but that may require more changes and affect
performance...

- Arnaud

> The other patches in the series seem gr8.
>
> Cheers.
>
>> Cc: Nir Tzachar <nir.tzachar@gmail.com>
>> Cc: Andrej Gelenberg <andrej.gelenberg@udo.edu>
>> Reported-by: Andrej Gelenberg <andrej.gelenberg@udo.edu>
>> Signed-off-by: Arnaud Lacombe <lacombar@gmail.com>
>> ---
>>  scripts/kconfig/nconf.c |    7 ++++++-
>>  1 files changed, 6 insertions(+), 1 deletions(-)
>>
>> diff --git a/scripts/kconfig/nconf.c b/scripts/kconfig/nconf.c
>> index 24fc79a..eb9e49d 100644
>> --- a/scripts/kconfig/nconf.c
>> +++ b/scripts/kconfig/nconf.c
>> @@ -1222,7 +1222,12 @@ static void conf_message_callback(const char *fmt, va_list ap)
>>
>>  static void show_help(struct menu *menu)
>>  {
>> -       struct gstr help = str_new();
>> +       struct gstr help;
>> +
>> +       if (!menu)
>> +               return;
>> +
>> +       help = str_new();
>>        menu_get_ext_help(menu, &help);
>>        show_scroll_win(main_window, _(menu_get_prompt(menu)), str_get(&help));
>>        str_free(&help);
>> --
>> 1.7.3.4.574.g608b.dirty
>>
>>
>
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