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SubjectRe: [PATCH 5/6] lib: Fix function documentation for strncpy_from_user
On Tue, Feb 19, 2019 at 01:51:45AM +0100, Jann Horn wrote:
> +cc Andy because he's also preparing a patch for this function
>
> On Tue, Feb 19, 2019 at 12:25 AM Tobin C. Harding <tobin@kernel.org> wrote:
> > Current function documentation for strncpy_from_user() is incorrect. If
> > @count (size of destination buffer) is less than the length of the user
> > string the function does _not_ return @count but rather returns -EFAULT.
> >
> > Document correctly the function return value, also add note that string
> > may be left non-null terminated.
> >
> > Signed-off-by: Tobin C. Harding <tobin@kernel.org>
> > ---
> > lib/strncpy_from_user.c | 17 +++++++----------
> > 1 file changed, 7 insertions(+), 10 deletions(-)
> >
> > diff --git a/lib/strncpy_from_user.c b/lib/strncpy_from_user.c
> > index 58eacd41526c..11fe9a4a00fd 100644
> > --- a/lib/strncpy_from_user.c
> > +++ b/lib/strncpy_from_user.c
> > @@ -82,22 +82,19 @@ static inline long do_strncpy_from_user(char *dst, const char __user *src, long
> > }
> >
> > /**
> > - * strncpy_from_user: - Copy a NUL terminated string from userspace.
> > + * strncpy_from_user() - Copy a NUL terminated string from userspace.
> > * @dst: Destination address, in kernel space. This buffer must be at
> > * least @count bytes long.
> > * @src: Source address, in user space.
> > - * @count: Maximum number of bytes to copy, including the trailing NUL.
> > + * @count: Maximum number of bytes to copy, including the trailing %NUL.
> > *
> > * Copies a NUL-terminated string from userspace to kernel space.
> > *
> > - * On success, returns the length of the string (not including the trailing
> > - * NUL).
> > - *
> > - * If access to userspace fails, returns -EFAULT (some data may have been
> > - * copied).
> > - *
> > - * If @count is smaller than the length of the string, copies @count bytes
> > - * and returns @count.
> > + * Return: If access to userspace fails, returns -EFAULT. Otherwise,
> > + * return the number of characters copied excluding the trailing
> > + * %NUL, if the length of the user string exceeds @count return
> > + * -EFAULT (in which case @dst will be left without a %NUL
> > + * terminator).
> > */
>
> AFAICS the byte_at_a_time loop exits when max==0 is reached, and then
> if `res >= count` (in other words, if we've copied as many bytes as
> requested, haven't encountered a null byte so far, and haven't reached
> the end of the address space), we return `res`, which is the same as
> `count`. Are you sure?

Thanks for the review Jaan. Seems I was in a world of confused, I
misread count to be the size of the destination buffer not the size of
the source string.

Also, re-reading strscpy() and why its better I think I may not be the
correct person to implement strscpy_from_user() since I'm not across all
the subtleties.

If v2 seems wanted for the first patches in this set I'll drop the
*_from_user() stuff.

thanks,
Tobin.

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