[alsa-devel] [PATCH] sound: Don't assume i2c device probing always succeeds

Jean Delvare khali at linux-fr.org
Wed Sep 30 17:00:06 CEST 2009

Hi Takashi,

Thanks for the swift reply.

On Wed, 30 Sep 2009 16:13:49 +0200, Takashi Iwai wrote:
> At Wed, 30 Sep 2009 15:25:42 +0200,
> Jean Delvare wrote:
> > 
> > If i2c device probing fails, then there is no driver to dereference
> > after calling i2c_new_device(). Stop assuming that probing will always
> > succeed, to avoid NULL pointer dereferences. We have an easier access
> > to the driver anyway.
> > 
> > Reported-by: Tim Shepard <shep at alum.mit.edu>
> > Signed-off-by: Jean Delvare <khali at linux-fr.org>
> > Cc: Johannes Berg <johannes at sipsolutions.net>
> > ---
> > The code is similar to the one in therm_adt746x, for which Tim reported
> > a real-world oops, so it should be fixed ASAP.
> Jean, thanks for the patch.
> I'm just wondering whether the additional NULL check of client->driver
> would be enough?  If yes, sound/aoa/onyx.c has it, at least, and we
> can add the similar checks to the rest, too.

The NULL check of client->driver, if followed by a call to
i2c_unregister_device(), would indeed be enough. But unlike the onyx
driver which we know we sometimes load erroneously, the other drivers
should never fail. I am reluctant to add code to handle error cases
which are not supposed to happen, which is why I prefer my proposed
fix: it does not add code.

That being said, I will be happy with any solution that fixes the
problem, so if you prefer client->driver NULL checks, I can send a
patch doing this.

Jean Delvare

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