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SubjectRe: [PATCH] firmware: vpd: Fix section enabled flag on vpd_section_destroy
On Mon, Jul 23, 2018 at 10:13:36AM -0700, Guenter Roeck wrote:
> On Mon, Jul 23, 2018 at 07:48:57PM +0300, Anton Vasilyev wrote:
> > static struct ro_vpd and rw_vpd are initialized by vpd_sections_init()
> > in vpd_probe() based on header's ro and rw sizes.
> > In vpd_remove() vpd_section_destroy() performs deinitialization based
> > on enabled flag, which is set to true by vpd_sections_init().
> > This leads to call of vpd_section_destroy() on already destroyed section
> > for probe-release-probe-release sequence if first probe performs
> > ro_vpd initialization and second probe does not initialize it.
> >
>
> I am not sure if the situation described can be seen in the first place.
> The second probe would only not perform ro_vpd initialization if it fails
> prior to that, ie if it fails to allocate memory or if there is a
> consistency problem. In that case the remove function would not be called.
>
> However, there is a problem in the code: A partially failed probe will
> leave the system in inconsistent state. Example: ro section initializes,
> rw section fails to initialize. The probe will fail, but the ro section
> will not be destroyed, its sysfs attributes still exist, and its memory
> is still mapped. It would make more sense to fix _that_ problem.
> Essentially, vpd_sections_init() should clean up after itself after it
> fails to initialize a section.
>
> Note that I am not convinced that the "enabled" flag is needed in the first
> place. It is only relevant if vpd_section_destroy() is called, which only
> happens from the remove function. The remove function is only called if the
> probe function succeeded. In that case it is always set for both sections.

The problem will happen if coreboot memory changes between 2 probes so
that header.ro_size is not 0 on the first pass and is 0 on the second
pass. Not quite likely to ever happen in real life, but resetting a flag
is pretty cheap to not do it.

Thanks.

--
Dmitry

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