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SubjectRe: [PATCH] kernel/resource: Invalid memory access in __release_resource
[+cc Grant (author of ac80a51e2ce5)]

Hi Ricardo,

On Mon, Apr 20, 2015 at 06:22:52PM +0200, Ricardo Ribalda Delgado wrote:
> When a resource is initialized via of_platform_populate.
> resource->parent is initialized to NULL via kzalloc.
> (of_platform_populate->of_device_alloc->of_address_to_resource)
> If of_platform_depopulate is called later, resource->parent is
> accessed (Offset 0x30 of address 0), causing a kernel error.

Interesting; how'd you find this? It looks like the
of_platform_depopulate() code has been this way for a long time, so we
must be doing something new that makes us trip over this now. More
analysis below...

> This patch evaluates resouce->parent before accessing it. If it
> is not initialized, -EACCESS is returned.
> Fixes:
> BUG: unable to handle kernel NULL pointer deference at 0000000000000030
> IP: release_resource+0x26/0x90
> Signed-off-by: Ricardo Ribalda Delgado <>
> ---
> kernel/resource.c | 3 +++
> 1 file changed, 3 insertions(+)
> diff --git a/kernel/resource.c b/kernel/resource.c
> index 90552aa..35dc716 100644
> --- a/kernel/resource.c
> +++ b/kernel/resource.c
> @@ -237,6 +237,9 @@ static int __release_resource(struct resource *old)
> {
> struct resource *tmp, **p;
> + if (!old->parent)
> + return -EINVAL;

This path has been fine for a long time without testing for a NULL
pointer, so I suspect this change papers over an issue that would be
better fixed elsewhere.

From reading drivers/base/platform.c, it looks like the intent is
that platform device users would use these interfaces:

- platform_device_alloc()

- platform_device_add_resources(platform_device *pdev)
pdev->num_resources = num

- platform_device_add(platform_device *pdev)
for (i = 0; i < pdev->num_resources; i++)

- platform_device_unregister(platform_device *pdev)
platform_device_del(platform_device *pdev)
for (i = 0; i < pdev->num_resources; i++)

Resources are added by platform_device_add_resources() and inserted
into the resource tree by platform_device_add(). In this usage,
resources are removed from the resource tree by
platform_device_unregister(), and there's no issue with
resource->parent being NULL.

OF uses platform_device_alloc() and platform_device_unregister(), but
not platform_device_add(). It doesn't call insert_resource(), and that
breaks the platform_device_unregister() assumption that the resources
are in the resource tree:

- of_platform_populate()
pdev = platform_device_alloc()
# set pdev->resource, similar to platform_device_add_resources()
of_device_add(platform_device *pdev)
# similar to platform_device_add(), but note there's no
# insert_resource() in this path

- of_platform_depopulate()
platform_device_unregister(platform_device *pdev)
platform_device_del(platform_device *pdev)
for (i = 0; i < pdev->num_resources; i++)

I cc'd Grant because ac80a51e2ce5 ("of/device: populate
platform_device (of_device) resource table on allocation") added the
pdev->resource management in of_device_alloc(), so maybe he has more
insight into this.

> p = &old->parent->child;
> for (;;) {
> tmp = *p;
> --
> 2.1.4

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