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SubjectRe: [PATCH] Change judgment len position
CC Philip and LKP team.

On Wed, Oct 24, 2018 at 04:46:18PM -0700, Joe Perches wrote:
>(adding Fengguang Wu and lkp)
>
>On Wed, 2018-10-24 at 22:48 +0200, Willy Tarreau wrote:
>> When you read this patch from an apparent first-time contributor (no
>> trace in either LKML, netdev or even google), the level of assurance
>> in the commit message is pretty good, showing that he's not at all a
>> beginner, which doesn't match at all the type of error seen in the
>> code, which doesn't even need to be compiled to see that it will emit
>> a warning and not work as advertised.
>
>Which to me is more of an indication of beginner-ness.
>
>> When you factor in the fact that the code opens a big but very discrete
>> vulnerability, I tend to think that in fact we're not facing a newbie
>> at all but someone deliberately trying to inject a subtle backdoor into
>> the kernel and disguise it as a vague bug fix,
>
>That seems unlikely as it introduces a compilation warning.
>
>A real intentional backdoor from a nefarious source would
>likely be completely correct about compilation and use the
>typical commit subject style.
>
>Anyway, who know for certain right now.
>
>I would have suggested David reply with only his second sentence
>and maybe a pointer to kernelnewbies or staging.
>
>Just something like:
>
> nack: 'len' has no value before the get_user() call.
>
> Please try to make your first patch in drivers/staging
> to get familiar with submitting patches to the kernel.
> https://kernelnewbies.org/FirstKernelPatch
>
>Maybe there's utility in creating a filtering and auto-reply
>tool for first time patch submitters for all the vger mailing
>lists using some combination of previously known submitters
>and the 0-day robot to point those first time submitters of
>defective patches to kernelnewbies and staging.

Yeah good idea. That feature can be broken into 2 parts:

- an email script, which could be added to Linux scripts/ dir
- maintain records for telling whether someone is first-time patch submitters

Thanks,
Fengguang

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