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Date:	Sat, 7 Apr 2007 19:47:00 -0700
From:	Randy Dunlap <>
To:	Larry Finger <>
Cc:	LKML <>,
Subject: [PATCH] Re: kernel oops with badly formatted module option

On Sat, 07 Apr 2007 19:21:01 -0500 Larry Finger wrote:

> With the following line in /etc/modprobe.conf.local:
> options bcm43xx fwpostfix = ".fw3" locale=8
> the kernel oops below is generated. I realize that the line should have no whitespace around the 
> "=", but I do not feel that an oops is the best way to report the syntax error. Could there be a more gentle failure?

From: Randy Dunlap <>

Catch malformed kernel parameter usage of "param = value".
Spaces are not supported, but don't cause a kernel fault on
such usage, just report an error.

Signed-off-by: Randy Dunlap <>
 kernel/params.c |    4 ++++
 1 file changed, 4 insertions(+)

--- linux-2.6.21-rc6.orig/kernel/params.c
+++ linux-2.6.21-rc6/kernel/params.c
@@ -356,6 +356,10 @@ int param_set_copystring(const char *val
 	struct kparam_string *kps = kp->arg;
+	if (!val) {
+		printk(KERN_ERR "%s: missing param set value\n", kp->name);
+		return -EINVAL;
+	}
 	if (strlen(val)+1 > kps->maxlen) {
 		printk(KERN_ERR "%s: string doesn't fit in %u chars.\n",
 		       kp->name, kps->maxlen-1);
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