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SubjectRe: [PATCH net-next v2 4/7] net: phy: mscc: read 'vsc8531,edge-slowdown' as an u32 [UNSCANNED]
On 04/09/18 08:26, Quentin Schulz wrote:
> Hi Andrew,
> On Mon, Sep 03, 2018 at 10:05:54PM +0200, Andrew Lunn wrote:
>>> Just to be sure, we're talking here about making sure the value stored
>>> in the DT is not bigger than the specified value (here an u8)? If so,
>>> that isn't the reason why I'm suggesting those two patches.
>>> Without /bits 8/ in the DT property, whatever were the values I put in
>>> the property, I'd always get a 0. So I need to fix it either in the DT
>>> (but Rob does not really like it) or in the driver.
>> Hi Quentin
>> Ah, you are fixing endian issues. That was not clear to me from the
>> commit message.
>> I don't know enough about how DT stores values in the blob. Is there
>> type info? Can the DT core tell if a value in the blob is a u8 or a
>> u32? It would be nice if it warned about reading a u8 from a u32
>> blob.
> From my quick research, the lower bound checking is performed by
> of_property_read_u* functions but not the higher bound checking (the
> internal function of_find_property_value_of_size allows higher bound
> checking but it seems it's never used by those functions (see 0 in
> sz_max of of_property_read_variable_u*_array)).
> sz_max is used by of_property_read_variable_u*_array to copy at a
> maximum of sz_max values in the output buffer. If sz_max is 0, it takes
> sz_min so it's an array of definite size.
> So since sz_max is 0 for all calls to of_property_read_variable_u*_array
> by of_property_read_u*_array, we basically know we'll get a buffer of
> sz_min values but we don't actually make use of the higher bound
> checking of of_find_property_value_of_size.

This was the original behaviour of the of_property_read_u*_array functions.
If you look back at the of_property_read_u*_array implementations
before my patch they passed max=0 to of_find_property_value_of_size.

To avoid duplicating code I reimplemented the of_property_read_u*_array
to use the new of_property_read_variable_u*_array hence they pass
sz_max=0 to preserve the original behaviour that max=0 to
of_find_property_value_of_size, so that I didn't break any code that might
depend on that.

> We could enforce this higher bound check by, instead of setting sz_max
> to 0, setting sz_max to sz_min in calls to of_property_read_u*_array.
> But I guess there is a reason for sz_max being 0. Rob, Richard (commit
> signer of this code) do you know why? Could you explain?

>> Anyway, this change still removes some bounds checking. Are they
>> important? Do they need to be added back?
> The edge-slowdown and the vddmac values are compared against a const
> array so we´re fine with those ones.
> For the led-X-mode, I added a constant for supported modes that gets
> checked when retrieving the DT property. So we´re fine here too.
> Quentin

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