[PATCH v6 11/11] arm64: annotate user pointers casts detected by sparse

Vincenzo Frascino vincenzo.frascino at arm.com
Mon Sep 3 06:49:38 PDT 2018


On 03/09/18 13:34, Andrey Konovalov wrote:
> On Fri, Aug 31, 2018 at 3:42 PM, Al Viro <viro at zeniv.linux.org.uk> wrote:
>> On Fri, Aug 31, 2018 at 10:11:24AM +0200, Luc Van Oostenryck wrote:
>>> On Thu, Aug 30, 2018 at 01:41:16PM +0200, Andrey Konovalov wrote:
>>>> This patch adds __force annotations for __user pointers casts detected by
>>>> sparse with the -Wcast-from-as flag enabled (added in [1]).
>>>>
>>>> [1] https://github.com/lucvoo/sparse-dev/commit/5f960cb10f56ec2017c128ef9d16060e0145f292
>>>
>>> Hi,
>>>
>>> It would be nice to have some explanation for why these added __force
>>> are useful.
> 
> I'll add this in the next version, thanks!
> 
>>         It would be even more useful if that series would either deal with
>> the noise for real ("that's what we intend here, that's what we intend there,
>> here's a primitive for such-and-such kind of cases, here we actually
>> ought to pass __user pointer instead of unsigned long", etc.) or left it
>> unmasked.
>>
>>         As it is, __force says only one thing: "I know the code is doing
>> the right thing here".  That belongs in primitives, and I do *not* mean the
>> #define cast_to_ulong(x) ((__force unsigned long)(x))
>> kind.
>>
>>         Folks, if you don't want to deal with that - leave the warnings be.
>> They do carry more information than "someone has slapped __force in that place".
>>
>> Al, very annoyed by that kind of information-hiding crap...
> 
> This patch only adds __force to hide the reports I've looked at and
> decided that the code does the right thing. The cases where this is
> not the case are handled by the previous patches in the patchset. I'll
> this to the patch description as well. Is that OK?
> 
I think as well that we should make explicit the information that
__force is hiding.
A possible solution could be defining some new address spaces and use
them where it is relevant in the kernel. Something like:

# define __compat_ptr __attribute__((noderef, address_space(5)))
# define __tagged_ptr __attribute__((noderef, address_space(6)))

In this way sparse can still identify the casting and trigger a warning.

We could at that point modify sparse to ignore these conversions when a
specific flag is passed (i.e. -Wignore-compat-ptr, -Wignore-tagged-ptr)
to exclude from the generated warnings the ones we have already dealt
with.

What do you think about this approach?
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Vincenzo



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