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SubjectRe: [PATCH] kobject: Access kobject name with caution if state is not initialized
On Mon, Aug 20, 2018 at 12:22 PM Greg Kroah-Hartman
<> wrote:
> On Mon, Aug 20, 2018 at 10:39:47PM +0530, Srikar Dronamraju wrote:
> > If kobject state is not initialized, then its not even certain that
> > kobject'name is initialized. Hence when accessing the kobject's name
> > tread carefully.
> >
> > A stupid module test like
> >
> > can panic the system.
> Lots of stupid modules can do dumb things. Just don't do that. The
> kernel is not built to keep you from doing stupid things in kernel code
> :)
> So I fail to see why this patch is needed. What in-kernel code path is
> trying to print a kobject's name before it is initialized? Why not fix
> that obvious bug instead of forcing the kernel core to protect from
> stupid code?

Kay decided to add some guards in:

commit 0f4dafc0563c6c49e17fe14b3f5f356e4c4b8806
Author: Kay Sievers <>
Date: Wed Dec 19 01:40:42 2007 +0100

Kobject: auto-cleanup on final unref

+ if (!kobj->state_initialized) {
+ printk(KERN_ERR "kobject '%s' (%p): tried to add an "
+ "uninitialized object, something is seriously wrong.\n",
+ kobject_name(kobj), kobj);
+ dump_stack();
+ return -EINVAL;

Given that we have dump_stack() we can probably simply drop
kobject_name(kobj) instead of building even more elaborate checks. Or
just drop the whole check. Adding kobjects is somewhat uncommon
operation, plus "gabage in, garbage out".



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