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Date:	Sun, 15 Jun 2014 19:05:38 +0400
From:	Konstantin Khlebnikov <>
To:	Bjorn Helgaas <>
Cc:	Bandan Das <>,
	Alex Williamson <>,
	"" <>,
	Linux Kernel Mailing List <>
Subject: Re: [PATCH v3] PCI: rework new_id interface for known vendor/device values

On Wed, Apr 30, 2014 at 3:41 AM, Bjorn Helgaas <> wrote:
> On Tue, Apr 01, 2014 at 09:32:59PM -0400, Bandan Das wrote:
>> While using the new_id interface, the user can unintentionally feed
>> incorrect values if the driver static table has a matching entry.
>> This is possible since only the device and vendor fields are
>> mandatory and the rest are optional. As a result, store_new_id
>> will fill in default values that are then passed on to the driver
>> and can have unintended consequences.
>> As an example, consider the ixgbe driver and the 82599EB network card :
>> echo "8086 10fb" > /sys/bus/pci/drivers/ixgbe/new_id
>> This will pass a driver_data value of 0 to the driver whereas
>> the index 0 in ixgbe actually points to a different set of card
>> operations.
>> This change returns an error if the user attempts to add a dynid for
>> a vendor/device combination for which a static entry already exists.
>> However, if the user intentionally wants a different set of values,
>> she must provide all the 7 fields and that will be accepted.
>> In KVM/device assignment scenario, the user might want
>> to bind a device back to the host driver by writing to new_id
>> and trip on a possible null pointer dereference.

It's not directly related to this patch, but I have a problem with
this interface.

iwlwifi.ko stores internal pointer in private_data field. So, it's
hard to guess right one for adding new alias.
Currently I'm using CONFIG_KALLSYMS_ALL=y, but it seems so ugly.

I was thinking about adding new interface: "clone_id" (or "dup_id")
which would make a copy of existing entry but with different product:vendor id.
And I mostly have a patch for that.

Or it's would be better to fix that driver (replace opaque pointer
with some stable indexes)?

>> Signed-off-by: Bandan Das <>
> Applied with Alex's ack to pci/misc for v3.16, thanks!
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