Re: [PATCH v3 0/1] Add PCD to disable safe string constraint assertions

Michael D Kinney
 

Vitaly,

 

I want to make sure a feature PCD can be used to disable ASSERT() behavior in more than just safe string functions in BaseLib.

 

Can we consider changing the name and description of PcdAssertOnSafeStringConstraints to be more generic, so if we find other lib APIs, the name will make sense?

 

Maybe something like: PcdEnableLibraryAssertChecks?  Default is TRUE.  Can set to FALSE in DSC file to disable ASSERT() checks.

 

Thanks,

 

Mike

 

 

 

From: devel@edk2.groups.io <devel@edk2.groups.io> On Behalf Of Vitaly Cheptsov via Groups.Io
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To: Kinney, Michael D <michael.d.kinney@...>; Gao, Liming <liming.gao@...>; Gao, Zhichao <zhichao.gao@...>; devel@edk2.groups.io
Cc: Marvin Häuser <marvin.haeuser@...>; Laszlo Ersek <lersek@...>
Subject: Re: [edk2-devel] [PATCH v3 0/1] Add PCD to disable safe string constraint assertions

 

Replying as per Liming's request for this to be merged into edk2-stable202002.

 

On Mon, Feb 10, 2020 at 14:12, vit9696 <vit9696@...> wrote:

Hello,

It has been quite some time since we submitted the patch with so far no negative response. As I mentioned previously, my team will strongly benefit from its landing in EDK II mainline. Since it does not add any regressions and can be viewed as a feature implementation for the rest of EDK II users, I request this to be merged upstream in edk2-stable202002.

Best wishes,
Vitaly

> 27 янв. 2020 г., в 12:47, vit9696 <vit9696@...> написал(а):
>
>
> Hi Mike,
>
> Any progress with this? We would really benefit from this landing in the next stable release.
>
> Best,
> Vitaly
>
>> 8 янв. 2020 г., в 19:35, Kinney, Michael D <michael.d.kinney@...> написал(а):
>>
>>
>> Hi Vitaly,
>>
>> Thanks for the additional background. I would like
>> a couple extra day to review the PCD name and the places
>> the PCD might potentially be used.
>>
>> If we find other APIs where ASSERT() behavior is only
>> valuable during dev/debug to quickly identify misuse
>> with trusted data and the API provides predicable
>> return behavior when ASSERT() is disabled, then I would
>> like to have a pattern we can potentially apply to all
>> these APIs across all packages.
>>
>> Thanks,
>>
>> Mike
>>
>>> -----Original Message-----
>>> From: devel@edk2.groups.io <devel@edk2.groups.io> On
>>> Behalf Of Vitaly Cheptsov via Groups.Io
>>> Sent: Monday, January 6, 2020 10:44 AM
>>> To: Kinney, Michael D <michael.d.kinney@...>
>>> Cc: devel@edk2.groups.io
>>> Subject: Re: [edk2-devel] [PATCH v3 0/1] Add PCD to
>>> disable safe string constraint assertions
>>>
>>> Hi Mike,
>>>
>>> Yes, the primary use case is for UEFI Applications. We
>>> do not want to disable ASSERT’s completely, as
>>> assertions that make sense, i.e. the ones signalising
>>> about interface misuse, are helpful for debugging.
>>>
>>> I have already explained in the BZ that basically all
>>> safe string constraint assertions make no sense for
>>> handling untrusted data. We find this use case very
>>> logical, as these functions behave properly with
>>> assertions disabled and cover all these error
>>> conditions by the return statuses. In such situation is
>>> not useful for these functions to assert, as we end up
>>> inefficiently reimplementing the logic. I would have
>>> liked the approach of discussing the interfaces
>>> individually, but I struggle to find any that makes
>>> sense from this point of view.
>>>
>>> AsciiStrToGuid will ASSERT when the length of the
>>> passed string is odd. Functions that cannot, ahem,
>>> parse, for us are pretty much useless.
>>> AsciiStrCatS will ASSERT when the appended string does
>>> not fit the buffer. For us this logic makes this
>>> function pretty much equivalent to deprecated and thus
>>> unavailable AsciiStrCat, except it is also slower.
>>>
>>> My original suggestion was to remove the assertions
>>> entirely, but several people here said that they use
>>> them to verify usage errors when handling trusted data.
>>> This makes good sense to me, so we suggest to support
>>> both cases by introducing a PCD in this patch.
>>>
>>> Best wishes,
>>> Vitaly
>>>
>>>> 6 янв. 2020 г., в 21:28, Kinney, Michael D
>>> <michael.d.kinney@...> написал(а):
>>>>
>>>>
>>>> Hi Vitaly,
>>>>
>>>> Is the use case for UEFI Applications?
>>>>
>>>> There is a different mechanism to disable all
>>> ASSERT()
>>>> statements within a UEFI Application.
>>>>
>>>> If a component is consuming data from an untrusted
>>> source,
>>>> then that component is required to verify the
>>> untrusted
>>>> data before passing it to a function that clearly
>>> documents
>>>> is input requirements. If this approach is followed,
>>> then
>>>> the BaseLib functions can be used "as is" as long as
>>> the
>>>> ASSERT() conditions are verified before calling.
>>>>
>>>> If there are some APIs that currently document their
>>> ASSERT()
>>>> behavior and we think that ASSERT() behavior is
>>> incorrect and
>>>> should be handled by an existing error return value,
>>> then we
>>>> should discuss each of those APIs individually.
>>>>
>>>> Mike
>>>>
>>>>
>>>>> -----Original Message-----
>>>>> From: devel@edk2.groups.io <devel@edk2.groups.io> On
>>>>> Behalf Of Vitaly Cheptsov via Groups.Io
>>>>> Sent: Friday, January 3, 2020 9:13 AM
>>>>> To: devel@edk2.groups.io
>>>>> Subject: [edk2-devel] [PATCH v3 0/1] Add PCD to
>>> disable
>>>>> safe string constraint assertions
>>>>>
>>>>> REF:
>>>>> https://bugzilla.tianocore.org/show_bug.cgi?id=2054
>>>>>
>>>>> Requesting for merge in edk2-stable202002.
>>>>>
>>>>> Changes since V1:
>>>>> - Enable assertions by default to preserve the
>>> original
>>>>> behaviour
>>>>> - Fix bugzilla reference link
>>>>> - Update documentation in BaseLib.h
>>>>>
>>>>> Vitaly Cheptsov (1):
>>>>> MdePkg: Add PCD to disable safe string constraint
>>>>> assertions
>>>>>
>>>>> MdePkg/MdePkg.dec | 6 ++
>>>>> MdePkg/Library/BaseLib/BaseLib.inf | 11 +--
>>>>> MdePkg/Include/Library/BaseLib.h | 74
>>>>> +++++++++++++-------
>>>>> MdePkg/Library/BaseLib/SafeString.c | 4 +-
>>>>> MdePkg/MdePkg.uni | 6 ++
>>>>> 5 files changed, 71 insertions(+), 30 deletions(-)
>>>>>
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