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SubjectRe: [PATCH] Change judgment len position
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(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.

cheers, Joe

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