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SubjectRe: [PATCH 1/1] of: fdt: fix memory initialization for expanded DT
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On Mon, 12 Aug 2013 13:00:26 +0200, Wladislav Wiebe <wladislav.kw@gmail.com> wrote:
> Already existing property flags are filled wrong for properties created from
> initial FDT. This could cause problems if this DYNAMIC device-tree functions
> are used later, i.e. properties are attached/detached/replaced. Simply dumping
> flags from the running system show, that some initial static (not allocated via
> kzmalloc()) nodes are marked as dynamic.
>
> I putted some debug extensions to property_proc_show(..) :
> ..
> + if (OF_IS_DYNAMIC(pp))
> + pr_err("DEBUG: xxx : OF_IS_DYNAMIC\n");
> + if (OF_IS_DETACHED(pp))
> + pr_err("DEBUG: xxx : OF_IS_DETACHED\n");
>
> when you operate on the nodes (e.g.: ~$ cat /proc/device-tree/*some_node*) you
> will see that those flags are filled wrong, basically in most cases it will dump
> a DYNAMIC or DETACHED status, which is in not true.
> (BTW. this OF_IS_DETACHED is a own define for debug purposes which which just
> make a test_bit(OF_DETACHED, &x->_flags)
>
> If nodes are dynamic kernel is allowed to kfree() them. But it will crash
> attempting to do so on the nodes from FDT -- they are not allocated via
> kzmalloc().
>
> Signed-off-by: Wladislav Wiebe <wladislav.kw@gmail.com>
> ---
> drivers/of/fdt.c | 2 ++
> 1 files changed, 2 insertions(+), 0 deletions(-)
>
> diff --git a/drivers/of/fdt.c b/drivers/of/fdt.c
> index 6bb7cf2..b10ba00 100644
> --- a/drivers/of/fdt.c
> +++ b/drivers/of/fdt.c
> @@ -392,6 +392,8 @@ static void __unflatten_device_tree(struct boot_param_header *blob,
> mem = (unsigned long)
> dt_alloc(size + 4, __alignof__(struct device_node));
>
> + memset((void *)mem, 0, size);
> +

It seems to me that this would be a problem for any call to the early
allocation function; early_init_dt_alloc_memory_arch(). There is at
least one other call to the allocator via of_alias_scan(). I think this
patch is okay for now (I'll add the missing hunk), but it should be
revisited.

Most of the platforms use the memblock_alloc implementation; that can
probably be consolidated and removed from arch code. I've just crafted a
patch and I'll be posting it shortly.

g.


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