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SubjectRe: [PATCH] vsprintf: avoid misleading "(null)" for %px
On Tue, Feb 6, 2018 at 7:15 AM, Tobin C. Harding <me@tobin.cc> wrote:
> On Tue, Feb 06, 2018 at 05:57:17AM +1100, Kees Cook wrote:
>> On Mon, Feb 5, 2018 at 8:44 PM, Petr Mladek <pmladek@suse.com> wrote:
>> > Hi,
>> >
>> > I add people who actively commented on adding %px modifier,
>> > see the thread starting at
>> > https://lkml.kernel.org/r/1511921105-3647-5-git-send-email-me@tobin.cc
>> >
>> > Just for reference. It seems to be related to the commit 9f36e2c448007b54
>> > ("printk: use %pK for /proc/kallsyms and /proc/modules").
>> >
>> >
>> > On Sun 2018-02-04 18:45:21, Adam Borowski wrote:
>> >> Like %pK already does, print "00000000" instead.
>> >>
>> >> This confused people -- the convention is that "(null)" means you tried to
>> >> dereference a null pointer as opposed to printing the address.
>> >
>> > By other words, this avoids regressions when people convert
>> > %x to %px. Do I get it right, please?
>>
>> Nothing should be converting from %x to %px, it's %p to %px. %p print
>> "(null)" for 0x0, so it would be surprising for a conversion from %p
>> to %px to change that. (Though generally speaking "(null)" is never
>> useful...)
>
> Leaving aside what is converting to %px. If we consider that using %px
> is meant to convey to us that we _really_ want the address, in hex hence
> the 'x', then it is not surprising that we will get "00000000"'s for a
> null pointer, right? Yes it is different to before but since we are
> changing the specifier does this not imply that there may be some
> change?

I personally prefer 0000s, but if we're going to change this, we need
to be aware of the difference.

> In what is now to be expected fashion for %p the discussion appears to
> have split into two different things - what to do with %px and what to
> do with %pK :)

I say leave %pK alone. :)

-Kees

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Kees Cook
Pixel Security

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