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Date:	Tue, 14 Oct 2014 09:28:34 -0700
From:	Martin Kelly <>
To:	David Vrabel <>
	Martin Kelly <>
Subject: Re: [PATCH] xen/setup: add paranoid index check and warning

On Tue, Oct 14, 2014 at 9:09 AM, David Vrabel <> wrote:
> On 14/10/14 15:04, Martin Kelly wrote:
>> On 10/14/2014 02:22 AM, David Vrabel wrote:
>>> On 14/10/14 02:19, Martin Kelly wrote:
>>>> In a call to set_phys_range_identity, i-1 is used without checking that
>>>> i is non-zero. Although unlikely, a bug in the code before it could
>>>> cause the value to be 0, leading to erroneous behavior. This patch adds
>>>> a check against 0 value and a corresponding warning.
>>> This can only happen if the toolstack supplies a memory map with zero
>>> entries.  I could see justification for adding a panic at the top of
>>> this function in this case, but I can't see the usefulness of this warning.
>> Yes, a panic is probably appropriate. What do you think about the
>> relative merits of panicing in the callers vs. in the
>> sanitize_e820_map function itself (thus to avoid a bunch of similar
>> error checks in the callers)?
> For Xen, it should panic immediately after getting the memory map.
> You will note that there is fallback code for the case when no memory
> map is provided.  But I do not think this should be used in the case
> where the toolstack provided an empty memory map.
> David

Sounds like the flow should be as follows:
1) Ask Xen for the memory map.
2) If no memory map is provided, use fallback code.
3) If the memory map has 0 entries, panic.

I will revise the patch to do that.
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