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SubjectRe: [PATCH] vsprintf: Do not break early boot with probing addresses
On Wed 2019-05-15 09:23:05, Geert Uytterhoeven wrote:
> Hi Steve,
>
> On Tue, May 14, 2019 at 9:35 PM Steven Rostedt <rostedt@goodmis.org> wrote:
> > On Tue, 14 May 2019 21:13:06 +0200
> > Geert Uytterhoeven <geert@linux-m68k.org> wrote:
> > > > > Do we care about the value? "(-E%u)"?
> > > >
> > > > That too could be confusing. What would (-E22) be considered by a user
> > > > doing an sprintf() on some string. I know that would confuse me, or I
> > > > would think that it was what the %pX displayed, and wonder why it
> > > > displayed it that way. Whereas "(fault)" is quite obvious for any %p
> > > > use case.
> > >
> > > I would immediately understand there's a missing IS_ERR() check in a
> > > function that can return -EINVAL, without having to add a new printk()
> > > to find out what kind of bogus value has been received, and without
> > > having to reboot, and trying to reproduce...
> >
> > I have to ask. Has there actually been a case that you used a %pX and
> > it faulted, and you had to go back to find what the value of the
> > failure was?
>
> If it faulted, the bad pointer value is obvious from the backtrace.
> If the code avoids the fault by verifying the pointer and returning
> "(efault)" instead, the bad pointer value is lost.
>
> Or am I missing something?

Should buggy printk() crash the system?

Another problem is that vsprintf() is called in printk() under
lockbuf_lock. The messages are stored into printk_safe per CPU
buffers. It allows to see the nested messages. But there is still
a bigger risk of missing them than with a "normal" fault.

Finally, various variants of these checks were already used
in "random" printf formats. The only change is that we are
using them consistently everywhere[*] a pointer is accessed.

[*] Just the top level pointer is checked. Some pointer modifiers
are accessing ptr->ptr->val. The lower level pointers are not
checked to avoid too much complexity.

Best Regards,
Petr

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