[linux-pm] [PATCH V3] cpuidle: Add a sysfs entry to disable specific C state for debug purpose.

Henrique de Moraes Holschuh hmh at hmh.eng.br
Tue Mar 13 20:49:15 UTC 2012


On Tue, 13 Mar 2012, Yanmin Zhang wrote:
> > > > > +static ssize_t store_state_##_name(struct cpuidle_state *state, \
> > > > > +		const char *buf, size_t size) \
> > > > > +{ \
> > > > > +	int value; \
> > > > > +	sscanf(buf, "%d", &value); \
> > > > > +	if (value) \
> > > > > +		state->disable = 1; \
> > > > > +	else \
> > > > > +		state->disable = 0; \
> > > > > +	return size; \
> > > > > +}
> > > > 
> > > > Isn't this missing a check for capabilities?  Disabling cpuidle states is
> > > > not something random Joe (and IMHO that does mean random capability-
> > > > restricted Joe root) should be doing...
> > > Sorry. Could you elaborate it?
> > 
> > Sure.  Should any user be able to disable a C state, therefore causing
> > the system to consume more power?
> Here we use the simple way to check access. Only root could change it.

Yea, but capabilities are supposed to constrain root as well :-)

> > I am pretty sure the answer is NO, in which case you should check for
> > the appropriate user credentials before you allow a write to these
> > "debug" controls to succeed.  "capability" here is one of the CAP_*
> > capabilities tested through capable(), which are supposed to limit even
> > root.
> We would add below check.
>  
>         if (!capable(CAP_SYS_ADMIN))
>                 return -EPERM;

Looks good.

Thanks!

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