[alsa-devel] [rfc patch] wm8994: range checking issue

Mark Brown broonie at opensource.wolfsonmicro.com
Wed Mar 24 15:31:39 CET 2010

On Wed, Mar 24, 2010 at 05:06:21PM +0300, Dan Carpenter wrote:
> On Wed, Mar 24, 2010 at 12:59:46PM +0000, Mark Brown wrote:

> > This is caused by confusion with the MAX_CACHED_REGISTER definition in
> > the header.  Best to use that one consistently, I guess - I've got a
> > sneaking suspicion something has gone AWOL in the driver publication
> > process.

> Hm...  That sounds more involved than I anticipated.  I don't have the
> hardware and don't feel comfortable making complicated changes if I
> can't test them.

Not really, it's just a case of picking the value to standardise on for
the size of the array instead of the one you picked.  However, now I
look at it again REG_CACHE_SIZE is the one we want and _MAX_CACHED_REGISTER 
is bitrot which should be removed.

I didn't look as closely as I might due to the extraneous changes for
BUG_ON() I mentioned which meant the patch wouldn't be applied anyway.
Those shouldn't be changed because there's no way anything in the kernel
should be generating a reference to a register which doesn't physically
exist (which is what they check for).

> Can someone else take care of this.

Actually, now I look even more closely there's further issues with the
patch - you're missing the fact that the register cache is only used for
non-volatile registers but all registers beyond the end of the register
cache are treated as volatile.  This means that I'm not convinced there
are any actual problems here, I'm not sure what analysis smatch is doing
but it looks to have generated false positives here.

I'll send a patch for _MAX_CACHED_REGISTER later today.

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