PATCH: 2.4.22-pre7 drivers/i2c/i2c-dev.c user/kernel bug and mem leak

Jean Delvare khali at
Sun Aug 3 19:23:12 CEST 2003

Hi all,

Ten days ago, Robert T. Johnson repported two bugs in 2.4's
drivers/i2c/i2c-dev.c. It also applies to i2c CVS (out of kernel), which
is intended to become 2.4's soon. Being a member of the LM Sensors dev
team, I took a look at the repport. My knowledge is somewhat limited but
I'll do my best to help (unless Greg wants to handle it alone? ;-)).

For the user/kernel bug, I'm not sure I understand how copy_from_user is
supposed to work. If I understand what the proposed patch does, it
simply allocates a second buffer, copy_from_user to that buffer instead
of to the original one, and then copies from that second buffer to the
original one (kernel to kernel). I just don't see how different it is
from what the current code does, as far as user/kernel issues are
concerned. I must be missing something obvious, can someone please bring
me some light?

For the mem leak bug, it's clearly there. I admit the proposed patch
fixes it, but I think there is a better way to fix it. Compare what the
proposed patch does:

--- i2c-dev.c	Sun Aug  3 18:24:33 2003
+++ i2c-dev.c.proposed	Sun Aug  3 19:13:58 2003
@@ -226,6 +226,7 @@
 		res = 0;
 		for( i=0; i<rdwr_arg.nmsgs; i++ )
+			rdwr_pa[i].buf = NULL;
@@ -254,8 +255,9 @@
 		if (res < 0) {
 			int j;
-			for (j = 0; j < i; ++j)
-				kfree(rdwr_pa[j].buf);
+			for (j = 0; j <= i; ++j)
+				if (rdwr_pa[j].buf)
+					kfree(rdwr_pa[j].buf);
 			return res;

with what I suggest:

--- i2c-dev.c	Sun Aug  3 18:24:33 2003
+++ i2c-dev.c.khali	Sun Aug  3 19:15:04 2003
@@ -247,8 +247,9 @@
+				kfree(rdwr_pa[i].buf);
 			    	res = -EFAULT;

Contrary to the proposed fix, my fix does not slow down the non-faulty
cases. I also believe it will increase the code size by fewer bytes than
the proposed fix (not verified though).

So, what about it?

PS: I really would like to see Frodo Looijaard's address replaced with
the LM Sensors mailing list address <sensors at> as
the main I2C contact in MAINTAINERS. Simon Vogl and Frodo Looijaard's
have been doing a really great job, but they do not work actively on I2C
anymore, so they end up forwarding every repport to the list anyway.

Jean Delvare

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