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Date:	Mon, 11 Aug 2014 14:30:06 -0700
From:	Randy Dunlap <rdunlap@...radead.org>
To:	Rickard Strandqvist <rickard_strandqvist@...ctrumdigital.se>
CC:	Chris Metcalf <cmetcalf@...era.com>,
	"David S. Miller" <davem@...emloft.net>,
	"linux-kernel@...r.kernel.org" <linux-kernel@...r.kernel.org>
Subject: Re: [PATCH v2] tile: avoid errors from truncating long strings in
 mpipe gxio

On 08/11/14 13:43, Rickard Strandqvist wrote:
> 2014-08-07 8:43 GMT+02:00 Randy Dunlap <rdunlap@...radead.org>:
>> On 08/06/14 11:16, Chris Metcalf wrote:
>>> Using strncpy() will just silently truncate long strings; we should
>>> instead return an appropriate error.  Using strlcpy() would suffer from
>>> the same problem.  Instead, use strnlen()+memcpy(), and add an
>>> error-checking step to make sure the lengths are reasonable.
>>>
>>> I called the convenience wrapper strscpy(), and a case could be made for
>>> making it more generic (possibly with a better name), but that seems
>>> outside the scope of this initial commit.
>>
>> Well, having looked at the function before I read this comment, my first
>> thought was that it should be added to lib/string.c for general
>> availability.
>>
>>>
>>> Signed-off-by: Chris Metcalf <cmetcalf@...era.com>
>>> ---
>>> v2: use strnlen instead of strlen
>>>
>>>  arch/tile/gxio/mpipe.c | 30 +++++++++++++++++++++++++-----
>>>  1 file changed, 25 insertions(+), 5 deletions(-)
>>>
>>> diff --git a/arch/tile/gxio/mpipe.c b/arch/tile/gxio/mpipe.c
>>> index 5301a9ffbae1..27a56be8d583 100644
>>> --- a/arch/tile/gxio/mpipe.c
>>> +++ b/arch/tile/gxio/mpipe.c
>>> @@ -29,6 +29,25 @@
>>>  /* HACK: Avoid pointless "shadow" warnings. */
>>>  #define link link_shadow
>>>
>>> +/*
>>> + * Use this routine to avoid copying too-long strings.  Unlike strncpy
>>> + * or strlcpy, we don't enable programmers who don't check return codes;
>>> + * partially-copied strings can be problematic.  The routine returns
>>> + * the total number of bytes copied (including the trailing NUL) or
>>> + * zero if the buffer wasn't big enough.
>>> + */
>>> +static size_t strscpy(char *dest, const char *src, size_t size)
>>> +{
>>> +     size_t ret = strnlen(src, size) + 1;
>>> +     if (ret > size) {
>>> +             if (size)
>>> +                     dest[0] = '\0';
>>> +             return 0;
>>> +     }
>>> +     memcpy(dest, src, ret);
>>> +     return ret;
>>> +}
>>
>> --
>> ~Randy
> 
> 
> Hi
> 
> Sounds like a great idea!
> 
> Do it Chris!  Randy?

Yeah, I don't have a better name for it, but I do think
that it's the right thing to do.

Thanks,

-- 
~Randy
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