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SubjectRe: [PATCH]cpuidle: preventive check in cpuidle_select against crash
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On Friday, December 29, 2017 7:45:22 PM CET gaurav jindal wrote:
> On Wed, Dec 27, 2017 at 03:30:02AM +0100, Rafael J. Wysocki wrote:
> > On Wed, Dec 27, 2017 at 2:57 AM, gaurav jindal
> > <gauravjindal1104@gmail.com> wrote:
> > > On Wed, Dec 27, 2017 at 01:42:58AM +0100, Rafael J. Wysocki wrote:
> > >> On Tue, Dec 26, 2017 at 8:26 AM, gaurav jindal
> > >> <gauravjindal1104@gmail.com> wrote:
> > >> > When selecting the idle state using cpuidle_select, there is no
> > >> > check on cpuidle_curr_governor. In cpuidle_switch_governor,
> > >> > cpuidle_currr_governor can be set to NULL to specify "disabled".
> > >>
> > >> How exactly?
> > >
> > > In cpuidle_switch_governor:
> > >
> > > /**
> > > * cpuidle_switch_governor - changes the governor
> > > * @gov: the new target governor
> > > *
> > > * NOTE: "gov" can be NULL to specify disabled
> > > * Must be called with cpuidle_lock acquired.
> > > */
> > > int cpuidle_switch_governor(struct cpuidle_governor *gov)
> > > {
> > > struct cpuidle_device *dev;
> > >
> > > if (gov == cpuidle_curr_governor)
> > > return 0;
> > >
> > > cpuidle_uninstall_idle_handler();
> > >
> > > if (cpuidle_curr_governor) {
> > > list_for_each_entry(dev, &cpuidle_detected_devices, device_list)
> > > cpuidle_disable_device(dev);
> > > }
> > >
> > > cpuidle_curr_governor = gov;
> > >
> > > This allows to set the cpuidle_switch_governor as NULL. Although there is no
> > > current code flow leading here, but it has a potential for bug in future. So
> > > may be better to have prevention.
> >
> > Or maybe not.
> >
> > Why don't you make cpuidle_switch_governor() check the argument
> > against NULL instead?
>
> If we check gov (argument passed in cpuidle_switch_governor())against
> NULL in cpuidle_switch_governor, can be a problem in a case where it
> is called as
> cpuidle_switch_governor(NULL);
>
> If cpuidle_curr_governor is not NULL, first the device is disabled.
>
> if (cpuidle_curr_governor) {
> list_for_each_entry(dev, &cpuidle_detected_devices, device_list)
> cpuidle_disable_device(dev);
> }
>
> after this cpuidle_curr_governor is set to gov, which is NULL in this case.
>
> cpuidle_curr_governor = gov;
> /* if is not updated by inserting a check, it will have an oudated value*/
>
> Now, if gov is not NULL (which it is in this case), cpuidle device is enabled
>
> if (gov) {
> list_for_each_entry(dev, &cpuidle_detected_devices, device_list)
> cpuidle_enable_device(dev);
> cpuidle_install_idle_handler();
> printk(KERN_INFO "cpuidle: using governor %s\n", gov->name);
> }
> If we check for gov against NULL in this function, it will produce
> dangling pointers and resource leaks.

I didn't recommend you to introduce bugs.

Just return -EINVAL if gov is NULL before checking if gov is equal to
cpuidle_curr_governor.

Thanks,
Rafael

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