Re: [PATCH] net: phy: Handle postive return codes in phy_connect

From: Andrew Lunn
Date: Sat Sep 05 2015 - 15:55:50 EST

On Sat, Sep 05, 2015 at 02:44:01PM -0500, Michael Welling wrote:
> On Sat, Sep 05, 2015 at 09:18:40PM +0200, Andrew Lunn wrote:
> > On Sat, Sep 05, 2015 at 01:01:29PM -0500, Michael Welling wrote:
> > > The function phy_connect_direct can possibly return a positive
> > > return code. Using ERR_PTR with a positive value can lead to
> > > deferencing of an invalid pointer.
> >
> > Is this the correct fix? Would it not be better to find where the
> > positive return code is from and fix that?
> I guess I can trace it back to find out where the positive return code
> is originating.
> Is phy_connect_direct always supposed to return valid -errno?

I would look at this from a different angle. A positive ERRNO is
probably a bug of some sort. So rather than papering over the cracks,
go find what the real issue is.

It might not be an ERRNO. E.g.
fixed a bug where a positive value is returned which is not an
indication of an error.

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