[PATCH 03/11] net: devres: relax devm_register_netdev()

Bartosz Golaszewski brgl at bgdev.pl
Tue Jun 23 05:12:24 EDT 2020

wt., 23 cze 2020 o 00:49 Jakub Kicinski <kuba at kernel.org> napisał(a):
> On Mon, 22 Jun 2020 12:00:48 +0200 Bartosz Golaszewski wrote:
> > From: Bartosz Golaszewski <bgolaszewski at baylibre.com>
> >
> > This devres helper registers a release callback that only unregisters
> > the net_device. It works perfectly fine with netdev structs that are
> > not managed on their own. There's no reason to check this - drop the
> > warning.
> >
> > Signed-off-by: Bartosz Golaszewski <bgolaszewski at baylibre.com>
> I think the reasoning for this suggestion was to catch possible UAF
> errors. The netdev doesn't necessarily has to be from devm_alloc_*
> but it has to be part of devm-ed memory or memory which is freed
> after driver's remove callback.

Yes I understand that UAF was the concern here, but this limitation is
unnecessary. In its current form devm_register_netdev() only works for
struct net_device allocated with devm_alloc_etherdev(). Meanwhile
calling alloc_netdev() (which doesn't have its devm counterpart yet -
I may look into it shortly), then registering a devm action with
devm_add_action_or_reset() which would free this memory is a perfectly
fine use case. This patch would make it possible.

> Are there cases in practice where you've seen the netdev not being
> devm allocated?

As I said above - alloc_netdev() used by wireless, can, usb etc.
drivers doesn't have a devres variant.


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