Failure to Check a Driver's State

In the following example, the driver uses the ASSERT macro to check for the correct device state in the checked build, but does not check device state in the free build:


      Extension->WaitEventIrp = Irp;
      status = STATUS_PENDING;

In the checked build, if the driver already holds the IRP pending, the system will assert. In the free build, however, the driver does not check for this error. Two calls to the same IOCTL cause the driver to lose track of an IRP.

On a multiprocessor system, this code fragment might cause additional problems. Assume that on entry this routine has ownership of (the right to manipulate) this IRP. When the routine saves the Irp pointer in the global structure at Extension->WaitEventIrp, another thread can get the IRP address from that global structure and perform operations on the IRP. To prevent this problem, the driver should mark the IRP pending before it saves the IRP and should include both the call to IoMarkIrpPending and the assignment in an interlocked sequence. A Cancel routine for the IRP might also be necessary.

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