[Ossm-members] interesno za conexant drajverot

Georgi Georgi
Fri Feb 27 19:03:39 UTC 2004

Овие се оние драјверите за conexant модемите што ги има на гомила тука кај
нас. Интересна замерка.

From: Jon <jon787 at myrealbox.com>       
To: hsflinux at lists.linuxant.com
Subject: [hsflinux] driver problem
Date: Fri, 27 Feb 2004 13:23:32 -0500

As far as I know your drivers are under the license listed at
So I was really curious when I installed them and didn't get a warning  
message about 'tainting' my kernel like I get when I install the nvidia
graphics drivers.

The tainted kernel warning occurs whenever you load a module that is not
GPL'd into the kernel. This is done by string comparison on the
MODULE_LICENSE string in the module.

Here is that section from mod_engine.c
MODULE_LICENSE("GPL\0for files in the \"GPL\" directory; for others,
only LICENSE file applies");

Looks okay, until you notice the pesky null character stuck in it.
As any C programmer will tell you, the end of a string is marked by a
null character. So the effective string in MODULE_LICENSE is only "GPL".

While personally I think this is a nice trick, I doubt Torvalds and/or
Stallman would agree. I will wait a week for a response on this mailing
list before asking them what they think of it.

The perfect OS, MS-DOS! 
No patches, no root exploits for 21 years.

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