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SubjectRe: [PATCH] staging: kpc2000: replace assertion with recovery code
On Sun, Dec 15, 2019 at 07:28:14PM +0100, Greg Kroah-Hartman wrote:
> On Sun, Dec 15, 2019 at 12:12:37PM -0600, Aditya Pakki wrote:
> > In kpc_dma_transfer, if either priv or ldev is NULL, crashing the
> > process is excessive and is not needed. Instead of asserting, by
> > passing the error upstream, the error can be handled.
> >
> > Signed-off-by: Aditya Pakki <pakki001@umn.edu>
> > ---
> > drivers/staging/kpc2000/kpc_dma/fileops.c | 6 ++++--
> > 1 file changed, 4 insertions(+), 2 deletions(-)
> >
> > diff --git a/drivers/staging/kpc2000/kpc_dma/fileops.c b/drivers/staging/kpc2000/kpc_dma/fileops.c
> > index cb52bd9a6d2f..1c4633267cc1 100644
> > --- a/drivers/staging/kpc2000/kpc_dma/fileops.c
> > +++ b/drivers/staging/kpc2000/kpc_dma/fileops.c
> > @@ -49,9 +49,11 @@ static int kpc_dma_transfer(struct dev_private_data *priv,
> > u64 dma_addr;
> > u64 user_ctl;
> >
> > - BUG_ON(priv == NULL);
> > + if (!priv)
> > + return -EINVAL;
>
> How can prive ever be NULL here? Can you track back to all callers to
> verify this? If so, just remove the check.
>

Smatch says that "priv" can't be NULL.

Also if you have a NULL dereference the kernel prints a nice stack
trace. Normally just doing the NULL dereference and Oopsing is better
than doing a BUG_ON(). The one exception would be when the Oops leads
to filesystem corruption.

regards,
dan carpenter

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