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Date:   Sat, 4 Jul 2020 13:55:38 +0200
From:   Pavel Machek <>
To:     Kars Mulder <>
Cc:     David Laight <David.Laight@...LAB.COM>,
        Greg Kroah-Hartman <>,
        "" <>,
        Kai-Heng Feng <>
Subject: Re: Writing to a const pointer: is this supposed to happen?

On Fri 2020-07-03 15:23:38, Kars Mulder wrote:
> > There ought to be one that returns a pointer to the first character
> > that isn't converted - but I'm no expert on the full range of these
> > functions.
> I've searched for a function that parses an int from a string and
> stores a pointer to the end; I can find some function simple_strtoul
> that matches this criterion, but it's documented as
>     "This function has caveats. Please use kstrtoul instead."
> ... and kstrtoul does not store a pointer to the end. The documentation
> of kstrtoul describes simple_strtoul as obsolete as well. Also, there's
> no simple_strtou16 function.
> It seems that the standard C function strtoul has the behaviour you
> describe as well, but this function is not defined in the kernel except
> for certain specific architectures.
> > The problem with strdup() is you get the extra (unlikely) failure path.
> > 128 bytes of stack won't be a problem if the function is (essentially)
> > a leaf.
> > Deep stack use is actually likely to be in the bowels of printf())
> > inside an obscure error path.
> The function already makes a call to kcalloc, so the unlikely out-of-
> memory error path already exists; a second memory allocation just
> makes it slightly less unlikely. The two new out-of-memory conditions
> do happen at different points of the function though, making them
> have different side effects. I could fix this by moving my code.
> As for this function being a leaf: keep in mind that this function has
> the potential of calling printk in an obscure error condition (the user-
> provided parameter being longer that 128 characters); quirks_param_set
> calls param_set_copystring, which on its turn calls pr_err, which is a
> macro for printk.
> Meanwhile, here's a patch for copying the parameter to the stack:

Looks good, I guess Signed-off-by would be useful.

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