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Date:   Tue, 12 Jan 2021 06:50:09 +0100
From:   Jürgen Groß <>
To:     Andrew Cooper <>,,
        Roger Pau Monne <>,
Cc:     Stefano Stabellini <>,
        Paul Durrant <>,,
        Andrew Cooper <>
Subject: Re: [PATCH] xen/privcmd: allow fetching resource sizes

On 11.01.21 23:39, Andrew Cooper wrote:
> On 11/01/2021 22:09, wrote:
>> On 1/11/21 10:29 AM, Roger Pau Monne wrote:
>>> +	xdata.domid = kdata.dom;
>>> +	xdata.type = kdata.type;
>>> + =;
>>> +
>>> +	if (!kdata.addr && !kdata.num) {
>> I think we should not allow only one of them to be zero. If it's only kdata.num then we will end up with pfns array set to ZERO_SIZE_PTR (which is 0x10). We seem to be OK in that we are not derefencing pfns (either in kernel or in hypervisor) if number of frames is zero but IMO we shouldn't be tempting the fate.
>> (And if it's only kdata.addr then we will get a vma but I am not sure it will do what we want.)
> Passing addr == 0 without num being 0 is already an error in Xen, and
> passing num == 0 without addr being 0 is bogus and will be an error by
> the time I'm finished fixing this.
> FWIW, the common usecase for non-trivial examples will be:
> xenforeignmem_resource_size(domid, type, id, &size);
> xenforeignmem_map_resource(domid, type, id, NULL, size, ...);
> which translates into:
> ioctl(MAP_RESOURCE, NULL, 0) => size
> mmap(NULL, size, ...) => ptr
> ioctl(MAP_RESOURCE, ptr, size)
> from the kernels point of view, and two hypercalls from Xen's point of
> view.  The NULL's above are expected to be the common case for letting
> the kernel chose the vma, but ought to be filled in by the time the
> second ioctl() occurs.
> See
> for all the gory details.

I don't think the kernel should rely on the hypervisor to return
an error in case addr != 0 and num == 0.

The driver should return -EINVAL in that case IMO.


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