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SubjectRe: [PATCH 1/2] staging: android: ashmem: fix ashmem pin/unpin interface
On Fri, Feb 01, 2013 at 04:55:01PM +0000, Serban Constantinescu wrote:
> Hi Greg,
> On 01/02/13 16:18, Greg KH wrote:
> >On Fri, Feb 01, 2013 at 04:08:00PM +0000, Serban Constantinescu wrote:
> >>The values exchanged between kernel and userspace through struct
> >>ashmem_pin should be of type size_t. This change won't affect the
> >>existing interface but will stand as the basis of 64bit compat layer.
> >
> >How do you define size_t with a 64bit kernel and a 32bit userspace
> >properly? Doesn't this change open up a bunch of problems?
> The current ashmem pin/unpin kernel interface uses __u32 to specify
> the memory region and length in bytes. However these values should
> be of type size_t so that they are able to represent the whole range
> of possible values when compiled for a 64bit platform.

Yes, the issue is, what size is size_t on the system if you have a 32bit
userspace and a 64bit kernel? :)

That's why we have specific types for when we cross the user/kernel
boundry. Why not use them instead here so that you know it will work
properly in the future?

> Android API uses ashmem driver through libcutils, from where I
> attach the following snippet:
> <aosp>/system/core/libcutils/ashmem-dev.c
> 75 int ashmem_pin_region(int fd, size_t offset, size_t len)
> 76 {
> 77 struct ashmem_pin pin = { offset, len };
> 78 return ioctl(fd, ASHMEM_PIN, &pin);
> 79 }

Again, the 32/64 bit issue is to blame.

> The kernel changes inline with the userspace usage and do not affect
> existing 32bit Android (we have exported the new kernel header,
> rebuilt and tested the interface with success).
> However this change will affect any 64bit userspace using the
> current faulty interface, but there is none that we know of.

I'd like the Android developers to give some feedback on this, before
I'll do anything. I still think you need to change this to use the
proper kernel types.


greg k-h

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