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    Subject[patch 39/55] pcmcia: fix socket refcount decrementing on each resume
    3.0-stable review patch.  If anyone has any objections, please let me know.


    From: Russell King <>

    commit 025e4ab3db07fcbf62c01e4f30d1012234beb980 upstream.

    This fixes a memory-corrupting bug: not only does it cause the warning,
    but as a result of dropping the refcount to zero, it causes the
    pcmcia_socket0 device structure to be freed while it still has
    references, causing slab caches corruption. A fatal oops quickly
    follows this warning - often even just a 'dmesg' following the warning
    causes the kernel to oops.

    While testing suspend/resume on an ARM device with PCMCIA support, and a
    CF card inserted, I found that after five suspend and resumes, the
    kernel would complain, and shortly die after with slab corruption.

    WARNING: at include/linux/kref.h:41 kobject_get+0x28/0x50()

    As the message doesn't give a clue about which kobject, and the built-in
    debugging in drivers/base/power/main.c happens too late, this was added
    right before each get_device():

    printk("%s: %p [%s] %u\n", __func__, dev, kobject_name(&dev->kobj), atomic_read(&dev->kobj.kref.refcount));

    and on the 3rd s2ram cycle, the following behaviour observed:

    On the 3rd suspend/resume cycle:

    dpm_prepare: c1a0d998 [pcmcia_socket0] 3
    dpm_suspend: c1a0d998 [pcmcia_socket0] 3
    dpm_suspend_noirq: c1a0d998 [pcmcia_socket0] 3
    dpm_resume_noirq: c1a0d998 [pcmcia_socket0] 3
    dpm_resume: c1a0d998 [pcmcia_socket0] 3
    dpm_complete: c1a0d998 [pcmcia_socket0] 2


    dpm_prepare: c1a0d998 [pcmcia_socket0] 2
    dpm_suspend: c1a0d998 [pcmcia_socket0] 2
    dpm_suspend_noirq: c1a0d998 [pcmcia_socket0] 2
    dpm_resume_noirq: c1a0d998 [pcmcia_socket0] 2
    dpm_resume: c1a0d998 [pcmcia_socket0] 2
    dpm_complete: c1a0d998 [pcmcia_socket0] 1


    dpm_prepare: c1a0d998 [pcmcia_socket0] 1
    dpm_suspend: c1a0d998 [pcmcia_socket0] 1
    dpm_suspend_noirq: c1a0d998 [pcmcia_socket0] 1
    dpm_resume_noirq: c1a0d998 [pcmcia_socket0] 1
    dpm_resume: c1a0d998 [pcmcia_socket0] 1
    dpm_complete: c1a0d998 [pcmcia_socket0] 0
    ------------[ cut here ]------------
    WARNING: at include/linux/kref.h:41 kobject_get+0x28/0x50()
    Modules linked in: ucb1x00_core
    [<c0212090>] (dump_backtrace+0x0/0x110) from [<c04799dc>] (dump_stack+0x18/0x1c)
    [<c04799c4>] (dump_stack+0x0/0x1c) from [<c021cba0>] (warn_slowpath_common+0x50/0x68)
    [<c021cb50>] (warn_slowpath_common+0x0/0x68) from [<c021cbdc>] (warn_slowpath_null+0x24/0x28)
    [<c021cbb8>] (warn_slowpath_null+0x0/0x28) from [<c0335374>] (kobject_get+0x28/0x50)
    [<c033534c>] (kobject_get+0x0/0x50) from [<c03804f4>] (get_device+0x1c/0x24)
    [<c0388c90>] (dpm_complete+0x0/0x1a0) from [<c0389cc0>] (dpm_resume_end+0x1c/0x20)

    [changelog edited to make quilt mail happy...]

    As can be seen, the original function called pcmcia_get_socket() and
    pcmcia_put_socket() around the guts, whereas the replacement code
    calls pcmcia_put_socket() only in one path. This creates an imbalance
    in the refcounting.

    Testing with pcmcia_put_socket() put removed shows that the bug is gone:

    dpm_suspend: c1a10998 [pcmcia_socket0] 5
    dpm_suspend_noirq: c1a10998 [pcmcia_socket0] 5
    dpm_resume_noirq: c1a10998 [pcmcia_socket0] 5
    dpm_resume: c1a10998 [pcmcia_socket0] 5
    dpm_complete: c1a10998 [pcmcia_socket0] 5

    Tested-by: Russell King <>
    Signed-off-by: Russell King <>
    Cc: Dominik Brodowski <>
    Signed-off-by: Andrew Morton <>
    Signed-off-by: Linus Torvalds <>
    Signed-off-by: Greg Kroah-Hartman <>

    drivers/pcmcia/ds.c | 4 +---
    1 file changed, 1 insertion(+), 3 deletions(-)

    --- a/drivers/pcmcia/ds.c
    +++ b/drivers/pcmcia/ds.c
    @@ -1269,10 +1269,8 @@ static int pcmcia_bus_add(struct pcmcia_

    static int pcmcia_bus_early_resume(struct pcmcia_socket *skt)
    - if (!verify_cis_cache(skt)) {
    - pcmcia_put_socket(skt);
    + if (!verify_cis_cache(skt))
    return 0;
    - }

    dev_dbg(&skt->dev, "cis mismatch - different card\n");

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