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SubjectRe: [PATCH V2 1/2] string: Add stracpy and stracpy_pad mechanisms


On Thu, 26 Sep 2019, Joe Perches wrote:

> On Wed, 2019-09-25 at 14:50 -0700, Andrew Morton wrote:
> > On Tue, 23 Jul 2019 06:51:36 -0700 Joe Perches <joe@perches.com> wrote:
> >
> > > Several uses of strlcpy and strscpy have had defects because the
> > > last argument of each function is misused or typoed.
> > >
> > > Add macro mechanisms to avoid this defect.
> > >
> > > stracpy (copy a string to a string array) must have a string
> > > array as the first argument (dest) and uses sizeof(dest) as the
> > > count of bytes to copy.
> > >
> > > These mechanisms verify that the dest argument is an array of
> > > char or other compatible types like u8 or s8 or equivalent.
> > >
> > > A BUILD_BUG is emitted when the type of dest is not compatible.
> > >
> >
> > I'm still reluctant to merge this because we don't have code in -next
> > which *uses* it. You did have a patch for that against v1, I believe?
> > Please dust it off and send it along?
>
> https://lore.kernel.org/lkml/CAHk-=wgqQKoAnhmhGE-2PBFt7oQs9LLAATKbYa573UO=DPBE0Q@mail.gmail.com/
>
> I gave up, especially after the snark from Linus
> where he wrote I don't understand this stuff.
>
> He's just too full of himself here merely using
> argument from authority.
>
> Creating and using a function like copy_string with
> both source and destination lengths specified is
> is also potentially a large source of defects where
> the stracpy macro atop strscpy does not have a
> defect path other than the src not being a string
> at all.
>
> I think the analysis of defects in string function
> in the kernel is overly difficult today given the
> number of possible uses of pointer and length in
> strcpy/strncpy/strlcpy/stracpy.
>
> I think also that there is some sense in what he
> wrote against the "word salad" use of str<foo>cpy,
> but using stracpy as a macro when possible instead
> of strscpy also makes the analysis of defects rather
> simpler.
>
> The trivial script cocci I posted works well for the
> simple cases.
>
> https://lore.kernel.org/cocci/66fcdbf607d7d0bea41edb39e5579d63b62b7d84.camel@perches.com/
>
> The more complicated cocci script Julia posted is
> still not quite correct as it required intermediate
> compilation for verification of specified lengths.

The script works fine without compilation, but uses compilation as an
extra sanity check. When there is only one possible declaration of a
given buffer, then the compilation is not really needed.

julia

>
> https://lkml.org/lkml/2019/7/25/1406
>
> Tell me again if you still want it and maybe the
> couple conversions that mm/ would get.
>
> via:
>
> $ spatch --all-includes --in-place -sp-file str.cpy.cocci mm
> $ git diff --stat -p mm
> --
> mm/dmapool.c | 2 +-
> mm/zswap.c | 2 +-
> 2 files changed, 2 insertions(+), 2 deletions(-)
>
> diff --git a/mm/dmapool.c b/mm/dmapool.c
> index fe5d33060415..b3a4feb423f8 100644
> --- a/mm/dmapool.c
> +++ b/mm/dmapool.c
> @@ -158,7 +158,7 @@ struct dma_pool *dma_pool_create(const char *name, struct device *dev,
> if (!retval)
> return retval;
>
> - strlcpy(retval->name, name, sizeof(retval->name));
> + stracpy(retval->name, name);
>
> retval->dev = dev;
>
> diff --git a/mm/zswap.c b/mm/zswap.c
> index 08b6cefae5d8..c6cd38de185a 100644
> --- a/mm/zswap.c
> +++ b/mm/zswap.c
> @@ -533,7 +533,7 @@ static struct zswap_pool *zswap_pool_create(char *type, char *compressor)
> }
> pr_debug("using %s zpool\n", zpool_get_type(pool->zpool));
>
> - strlcpy(pool->tfm_name, compressor, sizeof(pool->tfm_name));
> + stracpy(pool->tfm_name, compressor);
> pool->tfm = alloc_percpu(struct crypto_comp *);
> if (!pool->tfm) {
> pr_err("percpu alloc failed\n");
>
>
>
>

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