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SubjectRe: [PATCH 1/2] i2c-dev: don't get i2c adapter via i2c_dev
Hi Jean,

Thanks for the explanation.

On 06-07-16, 19:04, Jean Delvare wrote:
> Hi Viresh,
>
> A bit of background: at some point in time, the i2c adapter number (as
> represented internally by the kernel) could be different from the i2c
> device node number (as seen by user-space.) I put an end to this
> madness years ago, but it seems some legacy code from that time
> survived in i2c-dev.
>
> On Tue, 5 Jul 2016 19:57:06 -0700, Viresh Kumar wrote:
> > There is no code protecting i2c_dev to be freed after it is returned
> > from i2c_dev_get_by_minor() and using it to access the value which we
> > already have (minor) isn't safe really.
>
> I agree that i2c_dev_get_by_minor() looks racy by nature. It is
> possible that i2c_dev_get_by_minor() can be removed altogether. There
> are 2 other calling locations beyond the one you want to remove. If one
> can be removed then I suspect others can be removed as well (maybe with
> some more work though.)
>
> If i2c_dev_get_by_minor() needs to stay for whatever reason, then my
> next worry is that struct i2c_dev carries an unaccounted reference to
> an i2c_adapter. This looks seriously broken. i2c_dev->adap should only
> be set on open, and cleared on close.
>
> > Avoid using it and get the adapter directly from 'minor'.
> >
> > Signed-off-by: Viresh Kumar <viresh.kumar@linaro.org>
> > ---
> > drivers/i2c/i2c-dev.c | 7 +------
> > 1 file changed, 1 insertion(+), 6 deletions(-)
> >
> > diff --git a/drivers/i2c/i2c-dev.c b/drivers/i2c/i2c-dev.c
> > index 6ecfd76270f2..66f323fd3982 100644
> > --- a/drivers/i2c/i2c-dev.c
> > +++ b/drivers/i2c/i2c-dev.c
> > @@ -485,13 +485,8 @@ static int i2cdev_open(struct inode *inode, struct file *file)
> > unsigned int minor = iminor(inode);
> > struct i2c_client *client;
> > struct i2c_adapter *adap;
> > - struct i2c_dev *i2c_dev;
> > -
> > - i2c_dev = i2c_dev_get_by_minor(minor);
> > - if (!i2c_dev)
> > - return -ENODEV;
> >
> > - adap = i2c_get_adapter(i2c_dev->adap->nr);
> > + adap = i2c_get_adapter(minor);
> > if (!adap)
> > return -ENODEV;
> >
>
> This is the most simple fix to your immediate problem. However it
> doesn't address the big design issue.

Yeah, I was just looking to fix the file operation paths for my
particular problem and didn't try to do a core wide fix as I had
little knowledge of the I2C subsystem :(

--
viresh

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