[PATCH v4] hexdump: fix for non-aligned buffers

From: Horacio Mijail Antón Quiles
Date: Mon Jun 22 2015 - 19:24:13 EST

An hexdump with a buf not aligned to the groupsize causes
non-naturally-aligned memory accesses. This was causing a kernel panic on
the processor BlackFin BF527, when such an unaligned buffer was fed by the
function ubifs_scanned_corruption in fs/ubifs/scan.c .

To fix this, if the buffer is not aligned to groupsize in a platform which
does not define CONFIG_HAVE_EFFICIENT_UNALIGNED_ACCESS, then change the
groupsize to 1, so alignment is no longer a problem.
This behavior is coherent with the way the function currently deals with
inappropriate parameter combinations, which is to fall back to safe
"defaults", even if that means changing the output format and the implicit
access patterns that could have been expected.

Signed-off-by: Horacio Mijail Antón Quiles <hmijail@xxxxxxxxx>
Changes in v4:
- Really corrected patch format issues! (per Joe Perches')

Changes in v3:
- Corrected patch format issues (per Joe Perches' indication)
- Changed git's mail header to avoid encoding issues

Changes in v2:
- Changed from ad-hoc calculation to IS_ALIGNED() for readability (per
Joe Perches' indication)
- Made the explanation clearer (aligned vs naturally aligned)

lib/hexdump.c | 5 +++++
1 file changed, 5 insertions(+)

diff --git a/lib/hexdump.c b/lib/hexdump.c
index 7ea0969..a3bd5d5 100644
--- a/lib/hexdump.c
+++ b/lib/hexdump.c
@@ -124,6 +124,11 @@ int hex_dump_to_buffer(const void *buf, size_t len, int rowsize, int groupsize,
if ((len % groupsize) != 0) /* no mixed size output */
groupsize = 1;

+ /* fall back to 1-byte groups if buf is not aligned to groupsize */
+ !IS_ALIGNED((uintptr_t)buf, groupsize))
+ groupsize = 1;
ngroups = len / groupsize;
ascii_column = rowsize * 2 + rowsize / groupsize + 1;


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