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SubjectRe: [PATCH v5 2/9] proc/sysctl: Provide additional ctl_table.flags checks
On Mon, Mar 19, 2018 at 11:35:19AM -0400, Waiman Long wrote:
> On 03/16/2018 08:54 PM, Luis R. Rodriguez wrote:
> > On Fri, Mar 16, 2018 at 02:13:43PM -0400, Waiman Long wrote:
> >> Checking code is added to provide the following additional
> >> ctl_table.flags checks:
> >>
> >> 1) No unknown flag is allowed.
> >> 2) Minimum of a range cannot be larger than the maximum value.
> >> 3) The signed and unsigned flags are mutually exclusive.
> >> 4) The proc_handler should be consistent with the signed or unsigned
> >> flags.
> >>
> >> Two new flags are added to indicate if the min/max values are signed
> >> or unsigned - CTL_FLAGS_SIGNED_RANGE & CTL_FLAGS_UNSIGNED_RANGE.
> >> These 2 flags can be optionally enabled for range checking purpose.
> >> But either one of them must be set with CTL_FLAGS_CLAMP_RANGE.
> >>
> >> Signed-off-by: Waiman Long <longman@redhat.com>
> >> ---
> >> diff --git a/include/linux/sysctl.h b/include/linux/sysctl.h
> >> index e446e1f..088f032 100644
> >> --- a/include/linux/sysctl.h
> >> +++ b/include/linux/sysctl.h
> >> @@ -134,14 +134,26 @@ struct ctl_table
> >> * the input value. No lower bound or upper bound checking will be
> >> * done if the corresponding minimum or maximum value isn't provided.
> >> *
> >> + * @CTL_FLAGS_SIGNED_RANGE: Set to indicate that the extra1 and extra2
> >> + * fields are pointers to minimum and maximum signed values of
> >> + * an allowable range.
> >> + *
> >> + * @CTL_FLAGS_UNSIGNED_RANGE: Set to indicate that the extra1 and extra2
> >> + * fields are pointers to minimum and maximum unsigned values of
> >> + * an allowable range.
> >> + *
> >> * At most 16 different flags are allowed.
> >> */
> >> enum ctl_table_flags {
> >> CTL_FLAGS_CLAMP_RANGE = BIT(0),
> >> - __CTL_FLAGS_MAX = BIT(1),
> >> + CTL_FLAGS_SIGNED_RANGE = BIT(1),
> >> + CTL_FLAGS_UNSIGNED_RANGE = BIT(2),
> >> + __CTL_FLAGS_MAX = BIT(3),
> >> };
> > You are adding new flags which the user can set, and yet these are used
> > internally.
> >
> > It would be best if internal flags are just that, not flags that a user can set.
> >
> > This patch should be folded with the first one.
> >
> > I'm starting to loose hope on these patch sets.
> >
> > Luis
>
> In order to do the correct min > max check, I need to know if the
> quantity is signed or not. Just looking at the proc_handler alone is not
> a reliable indicator if it is signed or unsigned.
>
> Yes, I can put the signed bit into the previous patch.

Do that and also remove the unused flags. It is confusing as a reviewer
why a flag was added and then you use another flag later. Seriously, please
take a bit more time to review your own patches prior to submission. Each
change should make sense and have use in the patch series.

Luis

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