Re: [Cocci] [PATCH 1/1] kprobes: Deletion of an unnecessary check before the function call "module_put"

From: Julia Lawall
Date: Sun Nov 16 2014 - 10:44:15 EST

On Sun, 16 Nov 2014, SF Markus Elfring wrote:

> >> diff --git a/kernel/kprobes.c b/kernel/kprobes.c
> >> index 3995f54..f1e7d45 100644
> >> --- a/kernel/kprobes.c
> >> +++ b/kernel/kprobes.c
> >> @@ -1527,8 +1527,7 @@ int register_kprobe(struct kprobe *p)
> >> out:
> >> mutex_unlock(&kprobe_mutex);
> >>
> >> - if (probed_mod)
> >> - module_put(probed_mod);
> >> + module_put(probed_mod);
> >
> > There is an out label, so please check whether the labels could not be
> > better positioned to avoid calling module_put when it is not needed.
> I do not see refactoring opportunities around jump labels in this use case
> for the implementation of the register_kprobe() function so far because
> the mutex_unlock() function must be called.
> Would you like to suggest any other source code fine-tuning?

OK. I don't think that removing the if is a good choice in this case.
The code ret = check_kprobe_address_safe(p, &probed_mod); is unusual, in
that it can fail to do anything in two ways. One is by setting ret, on
detecting an error, and the other is by returning 0 but still putting a
NULL value in probed_mod when there is nothing to do. Thus, in the
successful execution of the rest of the function, a probed module might or
might not exist. The if around the module_put is helpful to the reader to
understand that this possibility exists.

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