Re: [PATCH] usb: usbip: fix null pointer dereference

From: Krzysztof Opasiak
Date: Fri Jun 03 2016 - 04:29:52 EST

On 06/02/2016 03:22 PM, Sudip Mukherjee wrote:
> We have been dereferencing udc before checking it. Lets use it after it
> has been checked.

To be honest I have mixed feelings about this patch.

On one hand it prevents us from dereferencing potential NULL ptr what is
generally good. But on the other hand it seems to be a little bit
pointless overhead. This function is called only in one place, it's
internal function of vudc driver and in addition generally it is
currently impossible that this function will get NULL ptr as parameter
as it's value is taken from container_of(). Not to mention that if this
is NULL or garbage we will end up in NULL ptr dereference much earlier
before calling this function.

So if there is something that you would like to fix with this patch and
you have a real problem with this function could you please provide us
some more details (for example stack trace)? If this patch is just to
prevent us from something that will never happen then I would rather to
not submit this. In my opinion if we get a NULL in this function this
means that we have some serious problem in UDC core and this check will
just mask this error.

Best regards,
Krzysztof Opasiak
Samsung R&D Institute Poland
Samsung Electronics