Re: [PATCH 1/2] char/mem: Add /dev/io (v2)

From: Alan Cox
Date: Tue Feb 07 2012 - 19:17:09 EST

On Tue, 7 Feb 2012 18:39:45 -0500
Adam Jackson <ajax@xxxxxxxxxx> wrote:

> This is like /dev/port except not broken. /dev/port will translate all
> read/write into inb/outb streams, which is wrong since hardware can and
> does care about cycle size. /dev/io will only allow 1, 2, or 4 byte
> access, and will translate that into the appropriate bus cycle size.

>From a security perspective /dev/[k][mem is a dumb bit of ancient Unix
history we'd dearly like to kill off. /dev/port is a similar early PC
unixism that wants to go the same way. /dev/io just adds another horror
to the pile.

Please do the decent thing, stop using /dev/mem and /dev/port for
anything. If you need to access an I/O device make it properly visible
via the kernel only for the ports and in a manner that is safe.

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