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SubjectRe: [RFC][PATCH] sunrpc: fix oops in rpc_create() when the mount namespace is unshared
Quoting Cedric Le Goater (clg@fr.ibm.com):
> Serge E. Hallyn wrote:
> > Quoting Cedric Le Goater (clg@fr.ibm.com):
> >> On a system with nfs mounts, if a task unshares its mount namespace,
> >> a oops can occur when the system is rebooted if the task is the last
> >> to unreference the nfs mount. It will try to create a rpc request
> >> using utsname() which has been invalidated by free_nsproxy().
> >>
> >> The patch fixes the issue by using the global init_utsname() but at
> >> the same time, it breaks the capability of identifying rpc clients
> >> per uts namespace.
> >>
> >> Any better suggestions ?
> >
> > But the utsname gets freed after the mnt_ns, so the analysis seems
> > wrong somehow.
>
> yes but switch_task_namespaces() assigns ->nsproxy to NULL. the result
> is the same.
>
> > I trust addr2line or whatever verified that rpc_create+0x332/0x42f is
> > exactly at the call to utsname()?
>
> yes. it points to net/sunrpc/clnt.c:216
>
> clnt->cl_nodelen = strlen(utsname()->nodename);

Pavel, at the mini-summit you mentioned sunrpc transports as one
example of the mini-namespaces openvz currently implements. We
then apparently went off on a bit of a tangent
(http://wiki.openvz.org/Containers/Mini-summit_2008_notes#Namespaces_and_containers)
after Dave asked for a list of mini-namespaces openvz implements.

What exactly is openvz doing with sunrpc transports, and would it
be a better solution to this problem?

thanks,
-serge


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