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Date:	Thu, 16 Oct 2014 20:49:55 -0700
From:	Martin Kelly <>
To:	David Vrabel <>
	Martin Kelly <>
Subject: Re: [PATCH] xen/setup: add paranoid index check and warning

On 10/14/2014 09:28 AM, Martin Kelly wrote:
> 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.

I have sent a revision adding the panic:
"[PATCH] x86/xen: panic on bad Xen-provided memory map"
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