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Date:   Fri, 29 May 2020 11:04:42 +0900
From:   Sergey Senozhatsky <>
To:     Tetsuo Handa <>
Cc:     Sergey Senozhatsky <>,
        Petr Mladek <>,
        Andrew Morton <>,, Dmitry Vyukov <>,
        Ondrej Mosnacek <>,
        Steven Rostedt <>
Subject: Re: [PATCH] twist: allow converting pr_devel()/pr_debug() into

On (20/05/25 19:43), Tetsuo Handa wrote:
> >> On Sun 2020-05-24 23:50:34, Tetsuo Handa wrote:
> >>> syzbot found a NULL pointer dereference bug inside mptcp_recvmsg() due to
> >>> ssock == NULL, but this bug manifested inside selinux_socket_recvmsg()
> >>> because pr_debug() was no-op [1].
> >>>
> >>>   pr_debug("fallback-read subflow=%p",
> >>>            mptcp_subflow_ctx(ssock->sk));
> >>>   copied = sock_recvmsg(ssock, msg, flags);
> >>
> >> The NULL pointer deference was found even without this patch.
> >> This patch would just cause that it will manifest itself on another
> >> place. What is the benefit, please?
> It would help localizing the bug in this specific case.
> It's not only about %p, even %d can crash kernel or leak sensitive
> info (if it happens after-free/out-of-bounds/uninit). Overall it
> increases code coverage and allows to catch more bugs earlier.

I don't know. Relying on random pr_debug()-s that can be added or
removed any time. oops backtrace should help with that. You are
not going to add pr_debug() all over the kernel, are you?


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