[lm-sensors] [PATCH] k8temp: Unset driver data in exit_remove

Andre Prendel andre.prendel at gmx.de
Wed May 6 09:54:26 CEST 2009


On Wed, May 06, 2009 at 09:36:45AM +0200, Jean Delvare wrote:
> Hi Andre,
> 
> On Wed, 6 May 2009 09:17:41 +0200, Andre Prendel wrote:
> > Hi Jean, Rudolf,
> > 
> > after infiltrating the sensors user space part, I think it's time to
> > dive into kernel space. So I took a look at some of the sensor drivers
> > to get an understanding. Unfortunately I couldn't find a bug to fix,
> > so I had to do something else :)
> > 
> > I don't know whether this patch is worth to be applied, but I have to
> > start somewhere.
> 
> No, I don't want to apply this, sorry. While your patch is technically
> correct, I prefer to always keep dev_set_drvdata(dev, NULL) or
> equivalent right before freeing the data structure that may have been
> used as the driver data. When developers copy and paste code around, it
> makes it way less likely for them to leave dangling pointers behind.
> 
> Given that this is an error path and thus normally not taken, we don't
> care about performance there, robustness is more important.

I agree with you.

> > I'm very interested in doing more kernel stuff. So if you have some
> > work to do, please tell me about it.
> 
> I'll remember that :) Actually you may want to look at the abandoned
> tmp401 driver. Hans de Goede worked on it originally but it never made
> it into mainline. That's a pity because it was almost ready. I seem to
> remember it needs to be updated due to i2c infrastructure changes, and
> minor cleanups were needed before I would take the driver into mainline:
> 
> http://lists.lm-sensors.org/pipermail/lm-sensors/2008-June/023411.html
> http://lists.lm-sensors.org/pipermail/lm-sensors/2008-August/024024.html
> 
> Is this something you'd be interested in? If you don't have any
> supported chip, I can send you chip dumps, which you can feed into
> i2c-stub to emulate a chip. Or if you are into soldering, you may be
> able to ask TI for free chip samples.

Yes, it sounds interesting, I will have a look this.

Thanks
Andre

> > Thanks
> > Andre
> > ---
> > 
> > At the exit_free label in k8temp_probe() the driver data is set to
> > NULL. This field isn't set before. So this should be done in
> > exit_remove.
> > 
> > Signed-off-by: Andre Prendel <andre.prendel at gmx.de>
> > ---
> > 
> > --- linux-2.6.orig/drivers/hwmon/k8temp.c	2009-05-05 21:31:44.000000000 +0200
> > +++ linux-2.6/drivers/hwmon/k8temp.c	2009-05-05 21:35:03.000000000 +0200
> > @@ -281,8 +281,8 @@
> >  	device_remove_file(&pdev->dev,
> >  			   &sensor_dev_attr_temp4_input.dev_attr);
> >  	device_remove_file(&pdev->dev, &dev_attr_name);
> > -exit_free:
> >  	dev_set_drvdata(&pdev->dev, NULL);
> > +exit_free:
> >  	kfree(data);
> >  exit:
> >  	return err;
> > 
> 
> 
> -- 
> Jean Delvare




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