Re: [PATCH] udevadm-info: Don't access sysfs 'resource<N>' files

From: Kay Sievers
Date: Sun Mar 17 2013 - 10:30:11 EST

On Sun, Mar 17, 2013 at 3:20 PM, Myron Stowe <mstowe@xxxxxxxxxx> wrote:
> On Sun, 2013-03-17 at 15:00 +0100, Kay Sievers wrote:
>> On Sun, Mar 17, 2013 at 2:38 PM, Alex Williamson
>> <alex.williamson@xxxxxxxxxx> wrote:
>> > I'm assuming that the device only breaks because udevadm is dumping the
>> > full I/O port register space of the device and that if an actual driver
>> > was interacting with it through this interface that it would work. Who
>> > knows how many devices will have read side-effects by udevadm blindly
>> > dumping these files. Thanks,
>> Sysfs is a too public interface to export things there which make
>> devices/driver choke on a simple read() of an attribute.
>> This is nothing specific to udevadm, any tool can do that. Udevadm
>> will never read any of the files during normal operation. The admin
>> explicitly asked udevadm with a specific command to dump all the stuff
>> the device offers.
>> The kernel driver needs to be fixed to allow that, in the worst case,
>> the attributes not exported at all. People should take more care what
>> they export in /sys, it's not a hidden and private ioctl what's
>> exported there, stuff is very visible and will be looked at.
>> Telling userspace not to use specific stuff in /sys I would not expect
>> to work as a strategy; there is too much weird stuff out there that
>> will always try to do that ...
> Kay - could you comment on Foot Note 3 in
> With respect to 'udev', you are working on the assumption that all files
> in sysfs must be readable with no consequences which may be implied by
> the Documentation's sysfs.txt file's mentioning ASCII. If we are to
> interpret that as strictly as you seem to want to then why is there
> sysfs support for creating binary files?

They cannot be distinguished from outside, so there is nothing I know
that could make a difference to userspace tools.

Tools -- no matter how useful they are not not, it's that they do that
for many years already -- need to be able to read() the stuff in
there, without causing any damage to the system.

To unsubscribe from this list: send the line "unsubscribe linux-kernel" in
the body of a message to majordomo@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxx
More majordomo info at
Please read the FAQ at