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SubjectRe: NFS crash in un-modified 3.0.0-rc3+, list corruption.
On Mon, Jun 20, 2011 at 04:26:48PM -0700, Ben Greear wrote:
> On 06/20/2011 03:42 PM, Ben Greear wrote:
> >This machine is acting as a server. It is from linux-2.6, pulled
> >today:
> >
> >commit de505e709ffb09a7382ca8e0d8c7dbb171ba5830
> >
> >We are hitting it with 200 clients reading and writing, mounting and
> >un-mounting.
> >This bug is fairly reproducible (twice today).
> >
> >Large amounts of debugging options are enabled.
> We were also starting/stopping NFS on the server machine.
> It appears that this crash happens during the
> /etc/init.d/nfs stop
> command.

I'll be submitting the below.

The bug's been there for a really long time and we're getting late into
the release cycle so I'll probably just save it for 3.1 (but it'll go to
stable as well then).


commit 0f4bb2521a0e300443e9d80b10778f5a93cc0dbc
Author: J. Bruce Fields <>
Date: Wed Jun 29 16:49:04 2011 -0400

svcrpc: fix list-corrupting race on nfsd shutdown

After commit 3262c816a3d7fb1eaabce633caa317887ed549ae "[PATCH] knfsd:
split svc_serv into pools", svc_delete_xprt (then svc_delete_socket) no
longer removed its xpt_ready (then sk_ready) field from whatever list it
was on, noting that there was no point since the whole list was about to
be destroyed anyway.

That was mostly true, but forgot that a few svc_xprt_enqueue()'s might
still be hanging around playing with the about-to-be-destroyed list, and
could get themselves into trouble writing to freed memory if we left
this xprt on the list after freeing it.

(This is actually functionally identical to a patch made first by Ben
Greear, but with more comments.)

Reported-by: Ben Greear <>
Tested-by: Ben Greear <>
Signed-off-by: J. Bruce Fields <>

diff --git a/net/sunrpc/svc_xprt.c b/net/sunrpc/svc_xprt.c
index ab86b79..bd31208 100644
--- a/net/sunrpc/svc_xprt.c
+++ b/net/sunrpc/svc_xprt.c
@@ -902,12 +902,13 @@ void svc_delete_xprt(struct svc_xprt *xprt)
if (!test_and_set_bit(XPT_DETACHED, &xprt->xpt_flags))
- * We used to delete the transport from whichever list
- * it's sk_xprt.xpt_ready node was on, but we don't actually
- * need to. This is because the only time we're called
- * while still attached to a queue, the queue itself
- * is about to be destroyed (in svc_destroy).
+ * The only time we're called while xpt_ready is still on a list
+ * is while the list itself is about to be destroyed (in
+ * svc_destroy). BUT svc_xprt_enqueue could still be attempting
+ * to add new entries to the sp_sockets list, so we can't leave
+ * a freed xprt on it.
+ list_del_init(&xprt->xpt_ready);
if (test_bit(XPT_TEMP, &xprt->xpt_flags))

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