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SubjectRe: [PATCH] mm/kasan/kasan.h: Fix boolean checking issue for kasan_report_enabled()
Hello all:

Shall I send patch v2 for it? (if really need, please let me know, and I
shall try).

Default, I shall continue to try to find and send another patches for mm
in "include/linux/*.h".


On 5/3/16 00:38, Chen Gang wrote:
> On 5/3/16 00:23, Chen Gang wrote:
>> On 5/2/16 23:35, Alexander Potapenko wrote:
>>> On Mon, May 2, 2016 at 5:13 PM, Chen Gang <> wrote:
>>>> OK. But it does not look quite easy to use kasan_disable_current() for
>>>> INIT_KASAN which is used in INIT_TASK.
>>>> If we have to set "kasan_depth == 1", we have to use kasan_depth-- in
>>>> kasan_enable_current().
>>> Agreed, decrementing the counter in kasan_enable_current() is more natural.
>>> I can fix this together with the comments.
>> OK, thanks. And need I also send patch v2 for include/linux/kasan.h? (or
>> you will fix them together).
>>>> If we don't prevent the overflow, it will have negative effect with the
>>>> caller. When we issue an warning, it means the caller's hope fail, but
>>>> can not destroy the caller's original work. In our case:
>>>> - Assume "kasan_depth-- for kasan_enable_current()", the first enable
>>>> will let kasan_depth be 0.
>>> Sorry, I'm not sure I follow.
>>> If we start with kasan_depth=0 (which is the default case for every
>>> task except for the init, which also gets kasan_depth=0 short after
>>> the kernel starts),
>>> then the first call to kasan_disable_current() will make kasan_depth
>>> nonzero and will disable KASAN.
>>> The subsequent call to kasan_enable_current() will enable KASAN back.
>>> There indeed is a problem when someone calls kasan_enable_current()
>>> without previously calling kasan_disable_current().
>>> In this case we need to check that kasan_depth was zero and print a
>>> warning if it was.
>>> It actually does not matter whether we modify kasan_depth after that
>>> warning or not, because we are already in inconsistent state.
>>> But I think we should modify kasan_depth anyway to ease the debugging.
> Oh, sorry, I forgot one of our original discussing content:
> - If we use signed int kasan_depth, and kasan_depth <= 0 means enable, I
> guess, we can always modify kasan_depth.
> - When overflow/underflow (singed int overflow), we can use BUG_ON(),
> since it should be rarely happen.
> Thanks.
>> For me, BUG_ON() will be better for debugging, but it is really not well
>> for using. For WARN_ON(), it already print warnings, so I am not quite
>> sure "always modifying kasan_depth will be ease the debugging".
>> When we are in inconsistent state, for me, what we can do is:
>> - Still try to do correct things within our control: "when the caller
>> make a mistake, if kasan_enable_current() notices about it, it need
>> issue warning, and prevent itself to make mistake (causing disable).
>> - "try to let negative effect smaller to user", e.g. let users "loose
>> hope" (call enable has no effect) instead of destroying users'
>> original work (call enable, but get disable).
>> Thanks.

Chen Gang (陈刚)

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