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SubjectRe: [PATCH] drivers/scsi: possible double spin_lock_irqsave
Julia Lawall wrote:
> From: Julia Lawall <>
> If both the test on rport and the call to get_device fail, then the lock is
> already held. The re-lock is thus moved up into the two branches.
> On the other hand if kref_put should not be called with the lock held then
> something else should be done.

kref_put should not be called with the lock held. Updated patch below.



Brian King
Linux on Power Virtualization
IBM Linux Technology Center

Fixes a potential deadlock in the ibmvfc driver in the rport
add thread if it encounters an rport it wants to add which
it cannot get a reference to.

Signed-off-by: Brian King <>

drivers/scsi/ibmvscsi/ibmvfc.c | 3 ++-
1 file changed, 2 insertions(+), 1 deletion(-)

diff -puN drivers/scsi/ibmvscsi/ibmvfc.c~ibmvfc_fix_add_locking drivers/scsi/ibmvscsi/ibmvfc.c
--- linux-2.6/drivers/scsi/ibmvscsi/ibmvfc.c~ibmvfc_fix_add_locking 2009-07-20 09:49:28.000000000 -0500
+++ linux-2.6-bjking1/drivers/scsi/ibmvscsi/ibmvfc.c 2009-07-20 09:54:54.000000000 -0500
@@ -4283,7 +4283,8 @@ static void ibmvfc_rport_add_thread(stru
tgt_dbg(tgt, "Setting rport roles\n");
fc_remote_port_rolechg(rport, tgt->ids.roles);
- }
+ } else
+ spin_unlock_irqrestore(vhost->host->host_lock, flags);

kref_put(&tgt->kref, ibmvfc_release_tgt);
spin_lock_irqsave(vhost->host->host_lock, flags);

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