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SubjectRE: [PATCH] qla4xxx: Return -ENOMEM on memory allocation failure


On Fri, 4 Jul 2014, Julia Lawall wrote:

>
>
> On Fri, 4 Jul 2014, Elliott, Robert (Server Storage) wrote:
>
> >
> >
> > > -----Original Message-----
> > > From: linux-scsi-owner@vger.kernel.org [mailto:linux-scsi-
> > > owner@vger.kernel.org] On Behalf Of Himangi Saraogi
> > > Sent: Friday, 04 July, 2014 1:28 PM
> > > To: Vikas Chaudhary; iscsi-driver@qlogic.com; James E.J. Bottomley; linux-
> > > scsi@vger.kernel.org; linux-kernel@vger.kernel.org
> > > Cc: julia.lawall@lip6.fr
> > > Subject: [PATCH] qla4xxx: Return -ENOMEM on memory allocation failure
> > >
> > > In this code, 0 is returned on memory allocation failure, even though
> > > other failures return -ENOMEM or other similar values.
> > >
> > > A simplified version of the Coccinelle semantic match that finds this
> > > problem is as follows:
> > >
> > > // <smpl>
> > > @@
> > > expression ret;
> > > expression x,e1,e2,e3;
> > > identifier alloc;
> > > @@
> > >
> > > ret = 0
> > > ... when != ret = e1
> > > *x = alloc(...)
> > > ... when != ret = e2
> > > if (x == NULL) { ... when != ret = e3
> > > return ret;
> > > }
> > > // </smpl>
> > >
> > > Signed-off-by: Himangi Saraogi <himangi774@gmail.com>
> > > Acked-by: Julia Lawall <julia.lawall@lip6.fr>
> > > ---
> > > drivers/scsi/qla4xxx/ql4_os.c | 1 +
> > > 1 file changed, 1 insertion(+)
> > >
> > > diff --git a/drivers/scsi/qla4xxx/ql4_os.c b/drivers/scsi/qla4xxx/ql4_os.c
> > > index c5d9564..72ba671 100644
> > > --- a/drivers/scsi/qla4xxx/ql4_os.c
> > > +++ b/drivers/scsi/qla4xxx/ql4_os.c
> > > @@ -1050,6 +1050,7 @@ static int qla4xxx_get_host_stats(struct Scsi_Host
> > > *shost, char *buf, int len)
> > > if (!ql_iscsi_stats) {
> > > ql4_printk(KERN_ERR, ha,
> > > "Unable to allocate memory for iscsi stats\n");
> > > + ret = -ENOMEM;
> > > goto exit_host_stats;
> > > }
> > >
> >
> > Also, the only caller of this function doesn't use the return
> > value - it's overwritten by another function call:
> >
> > drivers/scsi/scsi_transport_iscsi.c:
> > err = transport->get_host_stats(shost, buf, host_stats_size);
> >
> > actual_size = nlmsg_total_size(sizeof(*ev) + host_stats_size);
> > skb_trim(skbhost_stats, NLMSG_ALIGN(actual_size));
> > nlhhost_stats->nlmsg_len = actual_size;
> >
> > err = iscsi_multicast_skb(skbhost_stats, ISCSI_NL_GRP_ISCSID,
> > GFP_KERNEL);
>
> Maybe that is intentional? If get_host_stats fails, eg because of a lack
> of memory, the worst that will happen is that a region of the buffer will
> be 0. If the loop is done again, there seems to be a risk of an infinite
> loop.

Or one could jump out of the function completely, as on failure of
alloc_skb.

julia


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