Not able to write in /dev/mem


The issue that I am experimenting is not related with open() or mmap() function, which are executed properly. I have disabled CONFIG_STRICT_DEVMEM in the kernel so I can read from /dev/mem without problems. Actually, I can do the following:

const char *path = "/dev/mem"
int fd = open(path, O_RDWR); /* read and write flags*/
p  = mmap(0, SIZE, PROT_READ | PROT_WRITE, MAP_SHARED, fd, BASE_ADDR); /* read and write flags*/

And the code does not fail. Nonetheless, I am using this code to write in the PCI address space. So, basically the BASE_ADDR is 0xc000000, and the size is 256 MiB (0x10000000, all the PCI address space).

Said that, when I try to write on these positions (with a specific offset, BDF format), nothing is written; again the code does not fail, it just does not write anything.

In case my code was wrong, I tried BusyBox, with the following parameters:

[horro@ ~]$ sudo busybox devmem 0xc00b0a8c w 0xffffffff
[horro@ ~]$ sudo busybox devmem 0xc00b0a8c             

So, basically it is not writing anything.

asked on Stack Overflow Oct 4, 2017 by horro • edited Oct 5, 2017 by horro

1 Answer


There is a CONFIG_STRICT_DEVMEM kernel config option. My understanding is that it must be set at compile-time as CONFIG_STRICT_DEVMEM=n. This is a security reasons.

answered on Stack Overflow Nov 26, 2019 by Dsrivast

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