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Date: Thu, 31 May 2018 19:54:18 -0500
From: Linus Torvalds <>
To: Kees Cook <>
Cc: Matthew Wilcox <>, Rasmus Villemoes <>, 
	Matthew Wilcox <>, 
	Linux Kernel Mailing List <>, linux-mm <>, 
	Kernel Hardening <>
Subject: Re: [PATCH v3 00/16] Provide saturating helpers for allocation

On Thu, May 31, 2018 at 7:43 PM Kees Cook <> wrote:
> So, while nothing does:
>     kmalloc_array(a, b, ...) -> kmalloc(array_size(a, b), ...)
> the treewide changes DO perform changes like this:
>     kmalloc(a * b, ...) -> kmalloc(array_size(a, b), ...)

Ugh. I really really still absolutely despise this.

Why can't you just have a separate set of coccinelle scripts that do
the simple and clean cases?

So *before* doing any array_size() conversions, just do

    kzalloc(a*b, ...) -> kcalloc(a, b, ...)
    kmalloc(a*b,..) -> kmalloc_array(a,b, ...)

and the obvious variations on that (devm_xyz() has all the same helpers).

Only after doing the ones that don't have the nice obvious helpers, do
the remaining ones with array_size(), ie

    *alloc(a*b, ..) -> *alloc(array_size(a,b), ...)

because that really makes for much less legible code.



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