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SubjectRe: [PATCH v2 2/3] fpga manager: framework core
On Sat 2014-12-06 13:00:17, Grant Likely wrote:
> On Fri, Oct 24, 2014 at 11:52 AM, Pavel Machek <> wrote:
> > Hi!
> >
> >> * /sys/class/fpga_manager/<fpga>/firmware
> >> Name of FPGA image file to load using firmware class.
> >> $ echo image.rbf > /sys/class/fpga_manager/<fpga>/firmware
> >
> > I .. still don't think this is good idea. What about namespaces?
> > The path corresponds to path in which namespace?
> I don't understand your concern here. This allows userspace to name
> the FPGA bitstream that the kernel will use during request_firmware(),
> and it will show up as the $FIRMWARE value in the uevent file, but it
> is still the responsibility of userspace to choose what to load, and
> it can freely ignore the setting of $FIRMWARE if it needs to.

Well, consider chroot. I echo some filename but the file does not
exist for the userspace listening for the uevent.

> The process that actually loads the firmware into the kernel pretty
> much has to run in the normal linux environment. How do namespaces
> come into it? What exact problem do you see?

> > This shows why the interface is not right... Valid filename may
> > contain \n, right? It may even end with \n.
> That's not an interface problem, it implementation problem. The
> function absolutely should scrub and validate it's input. It should
> also make sure that the string doesn't have any special characters so
> that /bin/sh doesn't barf on it (because the string will appear in the
> uevent file). I would check other users of request_firmware() to see
> if any of them allow userspace to specify the filename.

> That said, the other way to handle this is not to specify a valid
> filename through this interface at all. Just use a dummy placeholder
> name and expect userspace to load the correct file when the request is
> posted.

I'd go for that -- "dummy" works. Kernel is not a place to know shell
limitations for all possible shells.

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