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SubjectRe: [BUG] Something goes wrong with timer statistics.
On 2007.05.30 00:38:08 +0200, Thomas Gleixner wrote:
> On Wed, 2007-05-30 at 00:24 +0200, Michal Piotrowski wrote:
> > Hi Ian,
> >
> > (Thomas "The Wizard of Time" added to CC :))
>
> Added more wizards :)
>
> > On 29/05/07, Ian Kumlien <iank@bredband.net> wrote:
> > > Hi,
> > >
> > > As the daystar sets, i try to play some with my new would be
> > > firewall/server, but since this will be running for quite some time i
> > > have been experimenting with powertop to find out what i can do to limit
> > > it's power usage.
> > >
> > > But, if i run powertop for too long or a few times to many... this
> > > happens:
> > > http://pomac.netswarm.net/pics/kernel_panic.jpg
>
> This was reported before. It's incredibly hard to reproduce.

OK, second try, this time with a patch. In timer_stats_update_stats,
input is allocated on the stack, so it is uninitialized, in particular
the "next" field is random. Now in tstat_lookup, the new entry "curr" is
initialized with the values from "input" (passed as "entry") and "next"
is set to NULL _after_ it is added to the list, so if a second CPU is
running the fastpath lookup while we're inserting the new element, it
might get the garbage value in "next". The patch below fixes that.

Björn



Initialize the "next" field of a timer stats entry before it is inserted
into the list to avoid a race with the fastpath lookup.

Signed-off-by: Björn Steinbrink <B.Steinbrink@gmx.de>
---
diff --git a/kernel/time/timer_stats.c b/kernel/time/timer_stats.c
index 868f1bc..5bc8f91 100644
--- a/kernel/time/timer_stats.c
+++ b/kernel/time/timer_stats.c
@@ -202,12 +202,12 @@ static struct entry *tstat_lookup(struct entry *entry, char *comm)
if (curr) {
*curr = *entry;
curr->count = 0;
+ curr->next = NULL;
memcpy(curr->comm, comm, TASK_COMM_LEN);
if (prev)
prev->next = curr;
else
*head = curr;
- curr->next = NULL;
}
out_unlock:
spin_unlock(&table_lock);
-
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