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SubjectRe: [PATCH v2] of: Deep-copy names of platform devices
On Fri, Aug 15, 2014 at 5:38 PM, Rob Herring <robherring2@gmail.com> wrote:
> Adding Greg...
>
> On Tue, Aug 12, 2014 at 9:30 PM, Stepan Moskovchenko
> <stepanm@codeaurora.org> wrote:
>> When we parse the device tree and allocate platform
>> devices, the 'name' of the newly-created platform_device
>> is set to point to the 'name' field of the 'struct device'
>> embedded within the platform_device. This is dangerous,
>> because the name of the 'struct device' is dynamically
>> allocated. Drivers may call dev_set_name() on the device,
>> which will free and reallocate the name of the device,
>> leaving the 'name' of the platform_device pointing to the
>> now-freed memory.
>>
>> Furthermore, if the dev_set_name() call is made from a
>> driver's probe() function and a subsequent request results
>> in probe deferral, the dangling 'name' reference may lead
>> to the device being re-probed using the wrong driver.
>
> This seems wrong. I don't think we want drivers to change their own
> device's name. The name is not supposed to change after registration.

Hmmm, you're right. The lifecycle question is theoretically valid but
it isn't something that should be done. In this case, it is the
drivers/of/platform code that 'owns' the name.

Stepan, under what circumstance would a device call dev_set_name()
after registration?

g.

>
> Rob
>
>> To mitigate these scenarios, we use kstrdup to perform a
>> deep copy of the device name when assigning the name of the
>> platform_device, so that the platform_device name is
>> unaffected by any calls to dev_set_name() that might made
>> by drivers to rename the embedded 'struct device'.
>>
>> Signed-off-by: Stepan Moskovchenko <stepanm@codeaurora.org>
>> ---
>> * v2 - swap cleanup order
>>
>> drivers/of/device.c | 3 ++-
>> 1 file changed, 2 insertions(+), 1 deletion(-)
>>
>> diff --git a/drivers/of/device.c b/drivers/of/device.c
>> index f685e55..e9beae6 100644
>> --- a/drivers/of/device.c
>> +++ b/drivers/of/device.c
>> @@ -54,7 +54,7 @@ int of_device_add(struct platform_device *ofdev)
>>
>> /* name and id have to be set so that the platform bus doesn't get
>> * confused on matching */
>> - ofdev->name = dev_name(&ofdev->dev);
>> + ofdev->name = kstrdup(dev_name(&ofdev->dev), GFP_KERNEL);
>> ofdev->id = -1;
>>
>> /* device_add will assume that this device is on the same node as
>> @@ -75,6 +75,7 @@ EXPORT_SYMBOL(of_device_register);
>>
>> void of_device_unregister(struct platform_device *ofdev)
>> {
>> + kfree(ofdev->name);
>> device_unregister(&ofdev->dev);
>> }
>> EXPORT_SYMBOL(of_device_unregister);
>> --
>> The Qualcomm Innovation Center, Inc. is a member of Code Aurora Forum,
>> hosted by The Linux Foundation
>>


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