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SubjectRe: [PATCH v1 1/3] nvmem: Add support for write-only instances
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On Tue, Feb 25, 2020 at 05:43:43PM +0200, Mika Westerberg wrote:
> On Tue, Feb 25, 2020 at 03:30:22PM +0000, Nicholas Johnson wrote:
> > > Actually I think maybe we make this one only writeable by root, in other
> > > words it would always require ->root_only to be set.
> > There is a world-accessible rw entry already, which would, if anything,
> > be even more dangerous than a world writable entry. However, there could
> > be a hypothetical use case. I agree it is unlikely to be required, but
> > who knows?
>
> You mean 0644 entry? That should be fine as it is not writable by anyone
> else than the owner (root in this case).
Oops, you are right. I glossed over this and in my head thought it was
0666 for some reason, and that is why mine was 0222. Sorry for the
confusion. :(

My 0222 would have to become 0200 which would be the same as the
root-only one, because 0244 would be utter nonsense.

>
> > Based on your statement that no sysfs should ever be world-writable,
> > should I be trying to remove the world-accessible rw as well?
>
> No I don't think it is necesary. Just let's not add attributes that
> anyone can write without good reasoning ;-)
I can change nvmem_register() to return NULL if nvmem_sysfs_get_groups()
returns NULL and that way I can return NULL from
nvmem_sysfs_get_groups() in the instances we do not want to honour. This
will also remove the need for me to WARN_ON when neither reg_read nor
reg_write are provided - I can just return NULL.

I could also change the "root_only" flag to be named "world_readable"
and invert the logic. That way I can deny world writable and still be in
the clear. This would make me happy about denying world-writable
requests, because the variable being false would no longer imply
world-writable privileges. I feel like "world_readable" is a more
accurate description of what the variable is intended for. This can be a
single commit with no functional changes (easy sign-off) at the start of
the series.

Srinivas, please offer your opinion on the above proposals, if you have
one. :)

I will aim for 2020-03-02 (Monday) for PATCH v2, to give myself adequate
time to reflect on feedback and to try to get it right.

Thanks!

Kind regards,
Nicholas

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