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SubjectRe: [PATCH 1/2] vsprintf: distinguish between (null), (err) and (invalid) pointer derefs
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On Tue, 2018-03-06 at 19:11 +0100, Adam Borowski wrote:

Thanks for the patch, my comments below.

> Attempting to print an object pointed to by a bad (usually ERR_PTR)
> pointer
> is a not so surprising error. Our code handles them inconsistently:
> * two places print (null) if ptr<PAGE_SIZE
> * one place prints (null) if abs(ptr)<PAGE_SIZE
> * one place prints (null) only if !ptr
>
> Obviously, saying (null) for a small but non-0 value is misleading.
> Thus, let's print:
> * (null) for exactly 0
> * (err) if last page && abs(ptr)<=MAX_ERRNO
> * (invalid) otherwise
>

First of all, this patch is much more arguable than the other one in
your small series.

"(invalid)" is invalid. Hint: there is a nice comment in the code why.

I'm in principle not putting explanation here to insist people to
eventually _read and understand_ the code before doing anything.

Some comments below.

> +#define BAD_PTR_STRING(x) (!(x) ? "(null)" : IS_ERR(x) ? "(err)" :
> "(invalid)")

It looks ugly.

> /**
> * simple_strtoull - convert a string to an unsigned long long
> * @cp: The start of the string
> @@ -588,7 +590,7 @@ char *string(char *buf, char *end, const char *s,
> struct printf_spec spec)
> size_t lim = spec.precision;
>
> if ((unsigned long)s < PAGE_SIZE)
> - s = "(null)";
> + s = BAD_PTR_STRING(s);

It doesn't make any sense before your patch 2.

> if ((unsigned long)dn < PAGE_SIZE)
> - return string(buf, end, "(null)", spec);
> + return string(buf, end, BAD_PTR_STRING(dn), spec);

It simple doesn't make sense.

The idea is to do it below, in the pointer.
These certain lines are going to be removed by my patch.

> - return string(buf, end, "(null)", spec);
> + return string(buf, end, BAD_PTR_STRING(ptr), spec);

Doesn't make sense before your patch 2.

> if ((unsigned long)save_str > (unsigned
> long)-PAGE_SIZE
> || (unsigned long)save_str <
> PAGE_SIZE)
> - save_str = "(null)";
> + save_str = BAD_PTR_STRING(save_str);

This is perhaps one valid change in such situation.

--
Andy Shevchenko <andriy.shevchenko@linux.intel.com>
Intel Finland Oy

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