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Subject[PATCH v2 0/3] init/main.c: minor cleanup/bugfix of envvar handling
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unknown_bootoption passes unrecognized command line arguments to init as
either environment variables or arguments. Some of the logic in the
function is broken for quoted command line arguments.

When an argument of the form param="value" is processed by parse_args
and passed to unknown_bootoption, the command line has
param\0"value\0
with val pointing to the beginning of value. The helper function
repair_env_string is then used to restore the '=' character that was
removed by parse_args, and strip the quotes off fully. This results in
param=value\0\0
and val ends up pointing to the 'a' instead of the 'v' in value. This
bug was introduced when repair_env_string was refactored into a separate
function, and the decrement of val in repair_env_string became dead code.

This causes two problems in unknown_bootoption in the two places where
the val pointer is used as a substitute for the length of param:

1. An argument of the form param=".value" is misinterpreted as a
potential module parameter, with the result that it will not be placed
in init's environment.

2. An argument of the form param="value" is checked to see if param is
an existing environment variable that should be overwritten, but the
comparison is off-by-one and compares 'param=v' instead of 'param='
against the existing environment. So passing, for example, TERM="vt100"
on the command line results in init being passed both TERM=linux and
TERM=vt100 in its environment.

Patch 1 adds logging for the arguments and environment passed to init
and is independent of the rest: it can be dropped if this is
unnecessarily verbose.

Patch 2 removes repair_env_string from initcall parameter parsing in
do_initcall_level, as that uses a separate copy of the command line now
and the repairing is no longer necessary.

Patch 3 fixes the bug in unknown_bootoption by recording the length of
param explicitly instead of implying it from val-param.

Changes from v1:
- use pr_debug for additional logging in patch 1
- move removal of dead val--; line from patch 2 to patch 3

Arvind Sankar (3):
init/main.c: log arguments and environment passed to init
init/main.c: remove unnecessary repair_env_string in do_initcall_level
init/main.c: fix quoted value handling in unknown_bootoption

init/main.c | 31 ++++++++++++++++++++++---------
1 file changed, 22 insertions(+), 9 deletions(-)

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2.23.0

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