Re: [v2] net:ethernet:cavium:octeon:octeon_mgmt: Handle return NULL error from devm_ioremap

From: arvind Yadav
Date: Wed Dec 14 2016 - 13:40:06 EST

Hi David,

I have gave my comment.


On Wednesday 14 December 2016 11:44 PM, David Daney wrote:
On 12/14/2016 10:06 AM, arvind Yadav wrote:
Yes, I have seen this error. We have a device with very less memory.
Basically it's OMAP2 board. We have to port Android L on this.
It's has 3.10 kernel version. In this device, we were getting Page
allocation failure.

This makes absolutely no sense to me. OCTEON is a mips64 SoC with a ton of memory where ioremap can never fail, and it doesn't run Android, and you are talking about OMAP2.
-I just gave as example where i have seen ioremap issue. Please don't relate. I know, Now it will not fail. ioremap will through NULL on failure. We should catch this error. Even other driver of MIPS soc is having same check. It's just check which will not impact any functionality or performance of this driver. It will avoid NULL pointer error. We know, if function is returning any error. we should catch.

Q1: Have you observed a failure on the device for which you are modifying the driver?
-No, I did not observe this error.

Q2: Have you tested the patch on hardware that uses the driver you are modifying by running network traffic through the Ethernet interface this driver controls?
-Right Now we can not tested these kind of failure,

If you cannot answer yes to both of those questions, then you should probably note in the changelog that the patch is untested.


Vmalloc size was not enough to run all application. So we have decide to
increase vmalloc reserve space. once we increases Vmalloc space.
We start getting ioremap falilure. Kernel is getting NULL-pointer
dereference error.

Here, It's just check to avoid any kernel crash because of ioremap failure.
We can keep this check to avoid this kind of scenario.


On Wednesday 14 December 2016 11:02 PM, David Daney wrote:
On 12/14/2016 08:25 AM, Arvind Yadav wrote:
Here, If devm_ioremap will fail. It will return NULL.
Kernel can run into a NULL-pointer dereference.
This error check will avoid NULL pointer dereference.

Have you ever seen this failure in the wild?

How was the patch tested?

David Daney

Signed-off-by: Arvind Yadav <arvind.yadav.cs@xxxxxxxxx>
drivers/net/ethernet/cavium/octeon/octeon_mgmt.c | 6 ++++++
1 file changed, 6 insertions(+)

diff --git a/drivers/net/ethernet/cavium/octeon/octeon_mgmt.c
index 4ab404f..33c2fec 100644
--- a/drivers/net/ethernet/cavium/octeon/octeon_mgmt.c
+++ b/drivers/net/ethernet/cavium/octeon/octeon_mgmt.c
@@ -1479,6 +1479,12 @@ static int octeon_mgmt_probe(struct
platform_device *pdev)
p->agl = (u64)devm_ioremap(&pdev->dev, p->agl_phys, p->agl_size);
p->agl_prt_ctl = (u64)devm_ioremap(&pdev->dev, p->agl_prt_ctl_phys,
+ if (!p->mix || !p->agl || !p->agl_prt_ctl) {
+ dev_err(&pdev->dev, "failed to map I/O memory\n");
+ result = -ENOMEM;
+ goto err;
+ }