[PATCH 2/2] Staging: android: ashmem: Add support for 32bit ashmem calls in a 64bit kernel

Serban Constantinescu serban.constantinescu at arm.com
Wed Dec 5 14:25:29 UTC 2012

On 04/12/12 11:45, Dan Carpenter wrote:
> I don't understand this, and I'm going to embarrass myself by
> displaying my ignorance for all to see.  Why is this code so
> different from all the other 32 bit compat code that we have in the
> kernel?
> On Tue, Dec 04, 2012 at 10:44:14AM +0000, Serban Constantinescu wrote:
>> -static int set_name(struct ashmem_area *asma, void __user *name)
>> +static int set_name(struct ashmem_area *asma, userptr32_t name)
> The user passes in a value which is a 32 pointer.  ashmem_ioctl()
> accepts it as "unsigned long arg".  We pass it to set_name() which
> truncates away the high zeros so now its a u32 (userptr32_t).  We
> then cast it to (unsigned long) and then we cast it to a void
> pointer.
> What's the point?  Why not just take"unsigned long arg" and cast it
> to a pointer directly?
>>      if (unlikely(copy_from_user(asma->name + ASHMEM_NAME_PREFIX_LEN,
>> -                                name, ASHMEM_NAME_LEN)))
>> +                                (void *)(unsigned long)name, ASHMEM_NAME_LEN)))
>>              ret = -EFAULT;
> This will introduce a Sparse complaint.  It should be:
>                               (void __user *)(unsigned long)name.

Thanks for taking your time and reviewing this patch set. I have put
together a new version of this patch (ashmem) and I will resend it to
LKML as soon as I finish testing on both 32 and 64 bit platforms.

> But actually we shouldn't need to do this casting.  Any casting
> which we need to do should be done in one place instead of pushed
> out to every function.
>> +    switch (_IOC_NR(cmd)) {
>> +    case _IOC_NR(ASHMEM_SET_NAME):
>> +            if (_IOC_SIZE(cmd) != sizeof(char[ASHMEM_NAME_LEN]))
>> +                    pr_err("ashmem: ASHMEM_SET_NAME transaction size differs\n");
> Don't merge debug code into the kernel.  It just means people can
> spam /var/log/messages.

I see what you mean. I won't include those in the new patch set.

> regards,
> dan carpenter

Kind regards,
Serban Constantinescu

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