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SubjectRe: [PATCH 1/2] media: ir-kbd-i2c: prevent potential NULL pointer access
Hi Wolfram,

On Thu, Jul 25, 2019 at 09:55:38AM +0200, Wolfram Sang wrote:
> Hi Sean,
> thanks for the review!
> On Thu, Jul 25, 2019 at 06:12:02AM +0100, Sean Young wrote:
> > On Mon, Jul 22, 2019 at 07:26:31PM +0200, Wolfram Sang wrote:
> > > i2c_new_dummy() can fail returning a NULL pointer. The code does not
> > > bail out in this case and the returned pointer is blindly used.
> >
> > I don't see how. The existing code tries to set up the tx part; if
> > i2c_new_dummy() return NULL then the rcdev is registered without tx,
> > and tx_c is never used.
> Yes, you are totally right. I missed that the send_block function is
> also only called iff zilog_init succeeded. Thanks for the heads up and
> sorry for the noise.

Not at all, thank you for the patch.

> > > Convert
> > > to devm_i2c_new_dummy_device() which returns an ERR_PTR and also bail
> > > out when failing the validity check.
> >
> > Possibly I was being overly cautious with not bailing out if tx can't
> > be registered; moving to devm is probably a good idea. However the
> > commit message is misleading, because the existing code has no
> > NULL pointer access.
> Yep, I will resend with a proper commit message. Technically, there is
> no need to bail out anymore because there is no NULL pointer access. My
> tendency is now to not bail out and keep the old behaviour (registering
> without tx). What do you think?

Since I write this code I've got pretty much every model with this zilog
transmitter/receiver, and they all work fine, including different firmware
versions. If there is a problem it would be nice to hear about it, and
not silently swallow the error. I think.



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