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SubjectRe: [PATCH] arch:powerpc simple_write_to_buffer return check
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On 05/02/21 4:05 am, Oliver O'Halloran wrote:
> On Fri, Feb 5, 2021 at 5:17 AM Mayank Suman <mayanksuman@live.com> wrote:
>>
>> Signed-off-by: Mayank Suman <mayanksuman@live.com>
>
> commit messages aren't optional

Sorry. I will include the commit message in PATCH v2.

>
>> ---
>> arch/powerpc/kernel/eeh.c | 8 ++++----
>> arch/powerpc/platforms/powernv/eeh-powernv.c | 4 ++--
>> 2 files changed, 6 insertions(+), 6 deletions(-)
>>
>> diff --git a/arch/powerpc/kernel/eeh.c b/arch/powerpc/kernel/eeh.c
>> index 813713c9120c..2dbe1558a71f 100644
>> --- a/arch/powerpc/kernel/eeh.c
>> +++ b/arch/powerpc/kernel/eeh.c
>> @@ -1628,8 +1628,8 @@ static ssize_t eeh_force_recover_write(struct file *filp,
>> char buf[20];
>> int ret;
>>
>> - ret = simple_write_to_buffer(buf, sizeof(buf), ppos, user_buf, count);
>> - if (!ret)
>> + ret = simple_write_to_buffer(buf, sizeof(buf)-1, ppos, user_buf, count);
>
> We should probably be zeroing the buffer. Reading to sizeof(buf) - 1
> is done in a few places to guarantee that the string is nul
> terminated, but without the preceeding memset() that isn't actually
> guaranteed.

Yes, the buffer should be zeroed out first. I have included memset() in Patch v2.

>
>> + if (ret <= 0)
>> return -EFAULT;
>
> EFAULT is supposed to be returned when the user supplies a buffer to
> write(2) which is outside their address space. I figured letting the
> sscanf() in the next step fail if the user passes writes a zero-length
> buffer and returning EINVAL made more sense. That said, the exact
> semantics around zero length writes are pretty handwavy so I guess
> this isn't wrong, but I don't think it's better either.
>

simple_write_to_buffer may return negative value on fail.
So, -EFAULT should be return in case of negative return value.
The conditional (!ret) was not sufficient to catch negative return value.

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