Re: [PATCH] ipv4/ip_sockglue.c: copy msg_control optval from userto kernel space

From: David Miller
Date: Sat Jan 16 2010 - 03:50:25 EST

From: "H Hartley Sweeten" <hartleys@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx>
Date: Sat, 16 Jan 2010 01:22:21 -0500

> On Fri 1/15/2010 8:30 PM, David Miller wrote:
>> How did you test your change?
> Hmm... I saw the sparse warning and tried this to fix it. The code compiled
> fine and the warning was gone. When I booted the resulting kernel I didn't
> see any issues. I must not have went down this code path in my testing.

I'm going to ask you a second time.

What was your test case? How did you test the change?

I don't think you tested your change at all besides seeing that gcc
would accept the code and sparse stopped spitting out a warning. And
you're vagueness about your testing methodology will only work to
confirm my suspicions.

I find it unlikely, at best, for you to have tested that code path, as
'msg' is an uninitilized stack variable at this point in the code, so
'msg->msg_control' is going to be a garbage pointer, and therefore
copying to it would result in a crash.

I don't even think you read and understood the code you are editing.

I suspect you just wanted to kill the sparse warning somehow, you
found a way that made the compiler and sparse eat it, and you simply
ran with it.

And that really upsets me.

Fixing sparse warnings should not be a mindless exercise. You should
understand the code you are changing.
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