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From: Len Baker <>
To: "Rafael J. Wysocki" <>,
	Viresh Kumar <>
Cc: Len Baker <>, Kees Cook <>,,,
Subject: [PATCH] cpufreq: powernow: Prefer kcalloc over open coded arithmetic
Date: Sat,  4 Sep 2021 17:16:28 +0200	[thread overview]
Message-ID: <> (raw)

As noted in the "Deprecated Interfaces, Language Features, Attributes,
and Conventions" documentation [1], size calculations (especially
multiplication) should not be performed in memory allocator (or similar)
function arguments due to the risk of them overflowing. This could lead
to values wrapping around and a smaller allocation being made than the
caller was expecting. Using those allocations could lead to linear
overflows of heap memory and other misbehaviors.

So, use the purpose specific kcalloc() function instead of the argument
size * count in the kzalloc() function.


Signed-off-by: Len Baker <>
 drivers/cpufreq/powernow-k7.c | 4 ++--
 1 file changed, 2 insertions(+), 2 deletions(-)

diff --git a/drivers/cpufreq/powernow-k7.c b/drivers/cpufreq/powernow-k7.c
index 5d515fc34836..a9d2c7bae235 100644
--- a/drivers/cpufreq/powernow-k7.c
+++ b/drivers/cpufreq/powernow-k7.c
@@ -174,8 +174,8 @@ static int get_ranges(unsigned char *pst)
 	unsigned int speed;
 	u8 fid, vid;

-	powernow_table = kzalloc((sizeof(*powernow_table) *
-				(number_scales + 1)), GFP_KERNEL);
+	powernow_table = kcalloc(number_scales + 1, sizeof(*powernow_table),
+				 GFP_KERNEL);
 	if (!powernow_table)
 		return -ENOMEM;


             reply	other threads:[~2021-09-04 15:16 UTC|newest]

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2021-09-04 15:16 Len Baker [this message]
2021-09-06 17:05 ` Rafael J. Wysocki

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