[alsa-devel] [patch] ASoC: soc: snprintf() doesn't return negative

Dan Carpenter error27 at gmail.com
Mon Oct 11 23:11:38 CEST 2010

On Mon, Oct 11, 2010 at 09:45:02PM +0200, Dan Carpenter wrote:
> On Mon, Oct 11, 2010 at 07:51:48PM +0100, Mark Brown wrote:
> > In actual fact quite a few devices have enough registers to be
> > truncated, meaning that it's not only possible but likely we'll exercise
> > the cases that deal with the end of buffer.  If snprintf() is returning
> > values larger than buffer size it was given we're likely to have an
> > issue but it seems that there's something missing in your analysis since
> > we're never seeing WARN_ON()s and are instead seeing the behaviour the
> > code is intended to give, which is to truncate the output when we run
> > out of space.
> > 
> > Could you re-check your analysis, please?
> That's odd.  I'm sorry, I can't explain why you wouldn't see a stack
> trace...  The code is straight forward:
>         /* Reject out-of-range values early.  Large positive sizes are
>            used for unknown buffer sizes. */
>         if (WARN_ON_ONCE((int) size < 0))
>                 return 0;
> It would still give you truncated output but after the NULL terminator
> there would be information leaked from the kernel.  If the reader
> program had allocated a large enough buffer to handle the extra
> information it wouldn't cause a problem.

Actually it will never cause a problem with userspace because we pass
the size of the userspace buffer to the kernel.  The only issues are the
information leak if the user passes in a 8k buffer and the also the

dan carpenter

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