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SubjectRe: [REGRESSION, bisected] 2.6.36-rc1 - suspend issues
On Wed, 18 Aug 2010, trapDoor wrote:

> >> Bisecting turned up the following commit. Reverting it in 2.6.36-rc1
> >> results in a system that works.
> >>
> >> commit bd25f4dd6972755579d0ea50d1a5ace2e9b00d1a
> >> Author: Arnd Bergmann <>
> >> Date:   Sun Jul 11 15:34:05 2010 +0200
> >>
> >>     HID: hiddev: use usb_find_interface, get rid of BKL
> >>
> >>     This removes the private hiddev_table in the usbhid
> >>     driver and changes it to use usb_find_interface
> >>     instead.
> >>
> >>     The advantage is that we can avoid the race between
> >>     usb_register_dev and usb_open and no longer need the
> >>     big kernel lock.
> >>
> >>     This doesn't introduce race condition -- the intf pointer could be
> >>     invalidated only in hiddev_disconnect() through usb_deregister_dev(),
> >>     but that will block on minor_rwsem and not actually remove the device
> >>     until usb_open().
> >> -----------------------
> >>
> >> Despite mentioned issues with network (occurring every time after
> >> unsuccessful suspend > hard restart) the bisecting turned up a commit
> >> which isn't rather related to network. But I can confirm that
> >> reverting only this one commit in 2.6.36-rc1
> >> [da5cabf80e2433131bf0ed8993abc0f7ea618c73] fixes the whole problem -
> >> suspend works OK and I have no issues with my network after waking the
> >> system up, neither after re-booting from the same or any other kernel.
> >>
> >> Please let me know what further details should I provide. Any logs,
> >> hardware specifications? I've also made a brief log recording the
> >> bisect if anyone would need it.
> >
> > Well, we should let the HID maintainer know about the problem (CC added).
> Thanks Rafael,
> Before I opened this thread I only searched on
> for any appropriate mailing
> list but nothing linke linux-*hid* there. Now I've found out that
> there is a list of all maintainers included in the kernel source. I'll
> keep that in mind ..

Yeah, MAINTAINERS file is always good to consult. Also CCing all people
who have Signed-off-by or Acked-by the offending patch is usually a good

Could you please verify whether the patch below (which is currently queued
in my tree and I am planning to push it to Linus soon, as it fixes memory
corruption) fixes your issue? Thanks.

commit 9c9e54a8df0be48aa359744f412377cc55c3b7d2
Author: Jiri Kosina <>
Date: Fri Aug 13 12:19:45 2010 +0200

HID: hiddev: fix memory corruption due to invalid intfdata

Commit bd25f4dd6972755579d0 ("HID: hiddev: use usb_find_interface,
get rid of BKL") introduced using of private intfdata in hiddev for
purpose of storing hiddev pointer.

This is a problem, because intf pointer is already being set to struct
hid_device pointer by HID core. This obviously lead to memory corruptions
at device disconnect time, such as

WARNING: at lib/kobject.c:595 kobject_put+0x37/0x4b()
kobject: '(null)' (ffff88011e9cd898): is not initialized, yet kobject_put() is being called.

Convert hiddev into accessing hiddev through struct hid_device which is
in intfdata already.

Reported-and-tested-by: Markus Trippelsdorf <>
Reported-and-tested-by: Heinz Diehl <>
Reported-and-tested-by: Alan Ott <>
Signed-off-by: Jiri Kosina <>

diff --git a/drivers/hid/usbhid/hiddev.c b/drivers/hid/usbhid/hiddev.c
index f285017..0a29c51 100644
--- a/drivers/hid/usbhid/hiddev.c
+++ b/drivers/hid/usbhid/hiddev.c
@@ -266,13 +266,15 @@ static int hiddev_open(struct inode *inode, struct file *file)
struct hiddev_list *list;
struct usb_interface *intf;
+ struct hid_device *hid;
struct hiddev *hiddev;
int res;

intf = usb_find_interface(&hiddev_driver, iminor(inode));
if (!intf)
return -ENODEV;
- hiddev = usb_get_intfdata(intf);
+ hid = usb_get_intfdata(intf);
+ hiddev = hid->hiddev;

if (!(list = kzalloc(sizeof(struct hiddev_list), GFP_KERNEL)))
return -ENOMEM;
@@ -890,7 +892,6 @@ int hiddev_connect(struct hid_device *hid, unsigned int force)
hid->hiddev = hiddev;
hiddev->hid = hid;
hiddev->exist = 1;
- usb_set_intfdata(usbhid->intf, usbhid);
retval = usb_register_dev(usbhid->intf, &hiddev_class);
if (retval) {
err_hid("Not able to get a minor for this device.");
Jiri Kosina
SUSE Labs, Novell Inc.
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