[vbox-dev] Untested patch: suspected memory fault in falcon_clear_interrupts()

Michal Necasek michal.necasek at oracle.com
Mon Apr 29 11:18:48 UTC 2019

 Thanks for the patch. Just out of curiosity, did you check if the code is ever compiled in VirtualBox? I very much doubt we ever shipped that particular iPXE driver or ever intended to, and users would have to work quite hard to make the corresponding hardware appear in a VirtualBox VM.


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From: adamrichter4 at gmail.com
To: vbox-dev at virtualbox.org
Sent: Friday, April 26, 2019 9:46:10 PM GMT +01:00 Amsterdam / Berlin / Bern / Rome / Stockholm / Vienna
Subject: [vbox-dev] Untested patch: suspected memory fault in falcon_clear_interrupts()


Running cppcheck on VirtualBox sources pointed me to what I think is a
bug on falcon_clear_interrupts() will get a null pointer dereference
is the PCI revision is not FALON_REV_B0.  I have attached a proposed
patch and also appended that patch inline for easier reading.

I am sorry that I have not even attempted to see if the patch compiles
because I don't think I have time to do a VirtualBox build until at
least the weekend.  As far as I know, I do not actually run code in
this file.  Also, I have not been involved in contributing to
VirtualBox development, so please excuse any violations of contributor
conventions and please feel free to let me know how I can do better
next time.

If this patch compiles and there are no complaints, I request that you
merge this patch or another fix for this issue more to your liking.  I
hereby grant the permissions of the "MIT license" for any copyright
interest I may have in this patch.  Please let me know if you need me
to make any other statement so that you can merge this patch.

Adam Richter

Index: src/VBox/Devices/PC/ipxe/src/drivers/net/etherfabric.c
--- src/VBox/Devices/PC/ipxe/src/drivers/net/etherfabric.c      (revision 78203)
+++ src/VBox/Devices/PC/ipxe/src/drivers/net/etherfabric.c      (working copy)
@@ -3798,7 +3798,8 @@
        else {
                /* write to the INT_ACK register */
-               falcon_writel ( efab, 0, FCN_INT_ACK_KER_REG_A1 );
+               static const efab_dword_t zero;
+               falcon_writel ( efab, &zero, FCN_INT_ACK_KER_REG_A1 );
                falcon_readl ( efab, &reg,
                               WORK_AROUND_BROKEN_PCI_READS_REG_KER_A1 );

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