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Date:   Thu, 9 Nov 2017 05:04:12 -0800
From:   Matthew Wilcox <>
To:     Manjeet Pawar <>
        Vinay Kumar Rijhwani <>,
        Rohit Thapliyal <>
Subject: Re: [PATCH] mm: Replace-simple_strtoul-with-kstrtoul

On Thu, Nov 09, 2017 at 04:58:18PM +0530, Manjeet Pawar wrote:
> simple_strtoul() is obselete now, so using newer function kstrtoul()
> Signed-off-by: Manjeet Pawar <>
> Signed-off-by: Vinay Kumar Rijhwani <>
> Signed-off-by: Rohit Thapliyal <>


You haven't tested this on a 64-bit big-endian machine.

>  static int __init set_hashdist(char *str)
>  {
> -	if (!str)
> +	if (!str || kstrtoul(str, 0, (unsigned long *)&hashdist))
>  		return 0;
> -	hashdist = simple_strtoul(str, &str, 0);
>  	return 1;

The context missing from this patch is:

int hashdist = HASHDIST_DEFAULT;

So you're taking the address of an int and passing it to a function
which is expecting a pointer to an unsigned long.  That works on a
32-bit machine because ints and longs are the same size.  On a 64-bit
little-endian machine, the bits are in the right place, but kstrtoul()
will overwrite the 32 bits after the int with zeroes.  On a 64-bit
big-endian machine, you'll overwrite the int that you're pointing to
with zeroes and the 32 bits after the int will have the data you're
looking for.

There's a kstrtoint().  Why would you not just use that?

Also, I'm shocked that this went through a chain of three different
sign-offs with nobody noticing the problem.  Do none of you understand C?

(similar problems snipped).

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