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Re: [dm-devel] [PATCH v3 01/26] block: Fix a buffer overrun in bio_integrity_split()



On Tue, Oct 02, 2012 at 05:58:45PM -0400, Vivek Goyal wrote:
> On Tue, Oct 02, 2012 at 02:01:43PM -0700, Kent Overstreet wrote:
> > I'm honestly not sure what your complaint about my bugfix patch was -
> > it's small and complete, it does fix the bug. I don't follow why you
> > think we need to introduce the bip->bio_vec pointer early...
> 
> I think having iv1 and iv2 and then not even accessing these using 
> bp->iv1 and bp->iv2 is a bad idea even for bugfix.
> 
> I have never seen a code which says, hey I have defined two fields in a
> struct but, don't access those fields directly(as there might be padding
> issues). These fields are just there for blocking a chunk of memory but are
> never meant to be accessed directly. I think, that's what my issue is. It
> is bad programming (does not matter whether it is bug fix or not).
> 
> For your series it probably is still fine as you will overide it pretty
> soon but what about stable. Anybody looking at that code might want
> to say, hey why not directly initialize bp->iv1 instead of trying to
> do *bp->bip1.bip_vec. And everybody will say, yes looks fine and boom
> a bug is introduced because we did bad programming.

Ok. It's definitely a bit weird and unusual, and if I wasn't getting rid
of it in the next patch it would definitely merit a comment.

For stable... wtf would they be making that kind of change for, and
without reading the relevant code?

Eh, maybe I will stick in that comment and take it out in the next
patch.


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