Commit 4904dbda41c8 ("ARM: orion5x: use mac_pton() helper") crashes my
QNAP TS-209 NAS early on boot.

The boot code for the TS-209 is looping through an ext2 filesystem on a
384kB mtd partition (factory configuration put there by QNAP). There it
looks on every 1kB boundary if there is a valid MAC address. The
filesystem has a 1kB block size, so this seems to work.

On my device the MAC address is on the 37th 1kB block. But: On the 27th
block is a large file (1,5kB) without 0 bytes inside. The code in
qnap_tsx09_find_mac_addr() maps 1kB into memory (not a whole file or the
whole 384kB) and then calls qnap_tsx09_check_mac_addr() -> mac_pton() ->
strlen() on this memory block. as there is no 0 byte in the file on the
27th block, strlen() runs into bad memory and the machine panics. The old
code had no strlen().

Actually mac_pton() doesn't need to call strlen(), the following loop
catches short strings quite nicely. The strlen() seems to be an
optimization for calls to mac_pton with empty string. But this is rarely
the case and this is not a hot path. Remove it to reduce code size and
speed up calls with an not empty string.

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Fixes: 4904dbda41c8 ("ARM: orion5x: use mac_pton() helper")
Signed-off-by: Stefan Hellermann <>
Cc: <> [4.4+]
 lib/net_utils.c | 4 ----
 1 file changed, 4 deletions(-)

diff --git a/lib/net_utils.c b/lib/net_utils.c
index af525353395d..9d38da67ee44 100644
--- a/lib/net_utils.c
+++ b/lib/net_utils.c
@@ -8,10 +8,6 @@ bool mac_pton(const char *s, u8 *mac)
        int i;
-       /* XX:XX:XX:XX:XX:XX */
-       if (strlen(s) < 3 * ETH_ALEN - 1)
-               return false;
        /* Don't dirty result unless string is valid MAC. */
        for (i = 0; i < ETH_ALEN; i++) {
                if (!isxdigit(s[i * 3]) || !isxdigit(s[i * 3 + 1]))

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