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    SubjectRe: [RFC] sunrpc: Fix race between work-queue and rpc_killall_tasks.
    On 07/08/2011 11:11 AM, Myklebust, Trond wrote:
    >> -----Original Message-----
    >> From: Ben Greear []
    >> Sent: Friday, July 08, 2011 1:19 PM
    >> To: Myklebust, Trond
    >> Cc:;
    >> Subject: Re: [RFC] sunrpc: Fix race between work-queue and
    >> rpc_killall_tasks.
    >> On 07/06/2011 04:45 PM, Trond Myklebust wrote:
    >>> On Wed, 2011-07-06 at 15:49 -0700, wrote:
    >>>> From: Ben Greear<>
    >>>> The rpc_killall_tasks logic is not locked against
    >>>> the work-queue thread, but it still directly modifies
    >>>> function pointers and data in the task objects.
    >>>> This patch changes the killall-tasks logic to set a flag
    >>>> that tells the work-queue thread to terminate the task
    >>>> instead of directly calling the terminate logic.
    >>>> Signed-off-by: Ben Greear<>
    >>>> ---
    >>>> NOTE: This needs review, as I am still struggling to understand
    >>>> the rpc code, and it's quite possible this patch either doesn't
    >>>> fully fix the problem or actually causes other issues. That said,
    >>>> my nfs stress test seems to run a bit more stable with this patch
    >> applied.
    >>> Yes, but I don't see why you are adding a new flag, nor do I see why
    >> we
    >>> want to keep checking for that flag in the rpc_execute() loop.
    >>> rpc_killall_tasks() is not a frequent operation that we want to
    >> optimise
    >>> for.
    >>> How about the following instead?
    >> Ok, I looked at your patch closer. I think it can still cause
    >> bad race conditions.
    >> For instance:
    >> Assume that tk_callback is NULL at beginning of while loop in
    >> __rpc_execute,
    >> and tk_action is rpc_exit_task.
    >> While do_action(task) is being called, tk_action is set to NULL in
    >> rpc_exit_task.
    >> But, right after tk_action is set to NULL in rpc_exit_task, the
    >> rpc_killall_tasks
    >> method calls rpc_exit, which sets tk_action back to rpc_exit_task.
    >> I believe this could cause the xprt_release(task) logic to be called in
    >> the
    >> work-queue's execution of rpc_exit_task due to tk_action != NULL when
    >> it should not be.
    > Why would this be a problem? xprt_release() can certainly be called multiple times on an rpc_task. Ditto rpbc_getport_done.
    > The only thing that is not re-entrant there is rpcb_map_release, which should only ever be called once whether or not something calls rpc_killall_tasks.

    From the trace I posted, this stack trace below is being
    called with the void *data object already freed.

    One way for this to happen would be to have rpc_exit_task call task->tk_ops->rpc_call_done
    more than once (I believe). Two calls to rpc_exit_task could do that, and since the
    rpc_exit_task method is assigned to tk_action, I *think* the race I mention above could cause
    rpc_exit_task to be called twice.

    [<ffffffff81105907>] print_trailer+0x131/0x13a
    [<ffffffff81105945>] object_err+0x35/0x3e
    [<ffffffff811077b3>] verify_mem_not_deleted+0x7a/0xb7
    [<ffffffffa02891e5>] rpcb_getport_done+0x23/0x126 [sunrpc]
    [<ffffffffa02810df>] rpc_exit_task+0x3f/0x6d [sunrpc]
    [<ffffffffa02814d8>] __rpc_execute+0x80/0x253 [sunrpc]
    [<ffffffffa02816ed>] ? rpc_execute+0x42/0x42 [sunrpc]
    [<ffffffffa02816fd>] rpc_async_schedule+0x10/0x12 [sunrpc]
    [<ffffffff81061343>] process_one_work+0x230/0x41d
    [<ffffffff8106128e>] ? process_one_work+0x17b/0x41d
    [<ffffffff8106379f>] worker_thread+0x133/0x217
    [<ffffffff8106366c>] ? manage_workers+0x191/0x191
    [<ffffffff81066f9c>] kthread+0x7d/0x85
    [<ffffffff81485ee4>] kernel_thread_helper+0x4/0x10
    [<ffffffff8147f0d8>] ? retint_restore_args+0x13/0x13
    [<ffffffff81066f1f>] ? __init_kthread_worker+0x56/0x56
    [<ffffffff81485ee0>] ? gs_change+0x13/0x13


    Ben Greear <>
    Candela Technologies Inc

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