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SubjectRe: Oops under 2.6.17 in tty_write?

Stephen Frost wrote:
> Greetings,
>
> I'm getting a pretty consistant oops under 2.6.17 which looks to be
> associated with tty_write. Same box works just perfectly under
> 2.6.16. Technically these are stock Debian kernels but I don't expect
> it's something in the Debian patches. It could be a vserver issue but
> that also seems unlikely to me.
>
> The kernel command-line would have looked something like this:
> Kernel command line:
> root=/dev/md0 ro earlyprintk=serial,ttyS0,9600,keep console=tty0 console=ttyS0,9600
>
> Note that I modified that command-line a number of times and continued
> to get an oops (I don't know for sure that it was always the *same* tho,
> and I only have serial-console access, but it didn't come all the way up
> when booted w/o earlyprintk= or console= arguments, of course, that
> could have been due to something else too).
>
> Unfortunately, I didn't grab the full boot log. If that's necessary then
> I can look into finding a time to do that (it's a production server tho,
> so folks aren't exactly keen on my rebooting it a bunch).
>
> Here's the oops:
>
> BUG: unable to handle kernel NULL pointer dereference at virtual address 0000000c
> printing eip:
> c02087be
> *pde = 00000000
> Oops: 0000 [#1]
> SMP
> Modules linked in: i810_audio ac97_codec intel_agp agpgart hw_random psmouse snd_intel8x0 i82875p_edac snd_ac97_codec snd_ac97_bus evdev pcspkr serio_raw edac_mc i2c_i801 floppy snd_pcm snd_timer snd 8250_pnp shpchp pci_hotplug i2c_core soundcore snd_page_alloc parport_pc parport rtc ext3 jbd mbcache dm_mirror dm_snapshot dm_mod raid1 md_mod ide_generic ide_disk generic piix ehci_hcd uhci_hcd ata_piix libata usbcore ide_core scsi_mod e1000 thermal processor fan
> CPU: 0
> EIP: 0060:[<c02087be>] Not tainted VLI
> EFLAGS: 00010206 (2.6.17-2-vserver-686 #1)
> EIP is at uart_write_room+0x9/0x16



I am suspecting the following situation:

During the uart_add_one_port, we would remove the existing port using
uart_remove_one_port(), which would eventually free up the state->info
allocated during uart_get() called from uart_open(). And, when we add
the port, we don't allocate the state->info again.

So, this would cause the state->info having a NULL pointer which can
OOPS cause in uart_write_room().

Comments ?


> eax: dff61000 ebx: 00000006 ecx: c19df030 edx: 00000000
> esi: df89a000 edi: dfc47400 ebp: 00000006 esp: df8dbf18
> ds: 007b es: 007b ss: 0068
> Process S03udev (pid: 2111[#0], threadinfo=df8da000 task=c19df030)
> Stack: c01fcab1 dfc47400 dfa2dd40 00000282 00000000 c19df030 c0116bbf df89a138
> df89a138 00000006 df89a000 00000006 00000006 c01fa69b 00000006 080f6408
> dfa2dd40 c01fc9d0 df89a00c df89a3e8 00000000 c01fb02c dfa2dd40 dfa2dd40
> Call Trace:
> <c01fcab1> write_chan+0xe1/0x293 <c0116bbf> default_wake_function+0x0/0xc
> <c01fa69b> tty_write+0x147/0x1d8 <c01fc9d0> write_chan+0x0/0x293
> <c01fb02c> redirected_tty_write+0x1c/0x6c <c01fb010> redirected_tty_write+0x0/0x6c
> <c0159e05> vfs_write+0xa1/0x140 <c015a3ef> sys_write+0x3c/0x63
> <c0102ae7> sysenter_past_esp+0x54/0x75
> Code: 09 08 8b 40 10 74 09 81 60 10 ff ff ff fd eb 07 81 48 10 00 00 00 02 8b 5e 68 89 f0 ff 53 2c 5b 5e c3 8b 80 80 01 00 00 8b 50 10 <8b> 42 0c 2b 42 08 48 25 ff 0f 00 00 c3 8b 80 80 01 00 00 8b 50
> EIP: [<c02087be>] uart_write_room+0x9/0x16 SS:ESP 0068:df8dbf18
>
>
> Thanks,
>
> Stephen




Thanks,
Suzuki K P <suzuki@in.ibm.com>
Linux Technology Center
IBM Systems & Technology Labs.
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