Re: [PATCH] sb1000: prevent a potential NULL pointer dereference in sb1000_dev_ioctl()

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On Sunday 29 July 2007 21:09, Satyam Sharma wrote:
> Hi Michael,
> On Sun, 29 Jul 2007, Michael Buesch wrote:
> > On Sunday 29 July 2007 20:34:46 Satyam Sharma wrote:
> > > (2) !(dev->flags & IFF_UP) is bogus because the functions of this ioctl
> > > can (and should) be allowed even when the interface is not up and running.
> > 
> > Are you _sure_? This function does poke with the device hardware.
> > It might return crap or even machinecheck when not initialized.
> > Hardware is probably powered down, if not IFF_UP. (I don't know if that's
> > the case here, though).
> IFF_UP checks if the _interface_ is up -- the hardware / card could still
> be powered up, but the interface down (ifconfing eth0 down or ip link set
> eth0 down).

Well, that is device/driver dependent and I don't know what's
the case for this driver. It's encouraged to shutdown hardware
completely (except the WOL parts) when the interface is down.
Dunno if this driver does it. But _if_ it does it, it could cause
problems to poke with the hardware while down.
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