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SubjectRe: [PATCH] net, cgroup: Fix boot failure due to iteration of uninitialized list
On 07/19/2012 10:14 PM, Neil Horman wrote:
> On Thu, Jul 19, 2012 at 09:57:37PM +0530, Srivatsa S. Bhat wrote:
>> After commit ef209f15 (net: cgroup: fix access the unallocated memory in
>> netprio cgroup), boot fails with the following NULL pointer dereference:
>>
>> Initializing cgroup subsys devices
>> Initializing cgroup subsys freezer
>> Initializing cgroup subsys net_cls
>> Initializing cgroup subsys blkio
>> Initializing cgroup subsys perf_event
>> Initializing cgroup subsys net_prio
>> BUG: unable to handle kernel NULL pointer dereference at 0000000000000698
>> IP: [<ffffffff8145e8d6>] cgrp_create+0xf6/0x190
>> PGD 0
>> Oops: 0000 [#1] SMP
>> CPU 0
>> Modules linked in:
>>
>> Pid: 0, comm: swapper/0 Not tainted 3.5.0-rc7-mandeep #1 IBM IBM System x -[7870C4Q]-/68Y8033
>> RIP: 0010:[<ffffffff8145e8d6>] [<ffffffff8145e8d6>] cgrp_create+0xf6/0x190
>> RSP: 0000:ffffffff81a01ea8 EFLAGS: 00010213
>> RAX: 0000000000000000 RBX: ffffffffffffff10 RCX: 0000000000000000
>> RDX: 0000000000000000 RSI: 0000000000000246 RDI: ffffffff81aa70a0
>> RBP: ffffffff81a01ed8 R08: 0000000000000000 R09: 0000000000000000
>> R10: ffff8808ff8641c0 R11: 6e697a696c616974 R12: 0000000000000001
>> R13: ffff8808ff8641c0 R14: 0000000000000000 R15: 0000000000093970
>> FS: 0000000000000000(0000) GS:ffff8808ffc00000(0000) knlGS:0000000000000000
>> CS: 0010 DS: 0000 ES: 0000 CR0: 000000008005003b
>> CR2: 0000000000000698 CR3: 0000000001a0b000 CR4: 00000000000006b0
>> DR0: 0000000000000000 DR1: 0000000000000000 DR2: 0000000000000000
>> DR3: 0000000000000000 DR6: 00000000ffff0ff0 DR7: 0000000000000400
>> Process swapper/0 (pid: 0, threadinfo ffffffff81a00000, task ffffffff81a13420)
>> Stack:
>> ffffffff81a01eb8 ffffffff818060ff ffffffff81d75ec8 ffffffff81aa8960
>> ffffffff81aa8960 ffffffff81b4c2c0 ffffffff81a01ef8 ffffffff81b1cb78
>> 0000000000000018 0000000000000048 ffffffff81a01f18 ffffffff81b1ce13
>> Call Trace:
>> [<ffffffff81b1cb78>] cgroup_init_subsys+0x83/0x169
>> [<ffffffff81b1ce13>] cgroup_init+0x36/0x119
>> [<ffffffff81affef7>] start_kernel+0x3ba/0x3ef
>> [<ffffffff81aff95b>] ? kernel_init+0x27b/0x27b
>> [<ffffffff81aff356>] x86_64_start_reservations+0x131/0x136
>> [<ffffffff81aff45e>] x86_64_start_kernel+0x103/0x112
>> Code: 01 48 3d f8 e1 ec 81 48 8d 98 10 ff ff ff 75 1b eb 73 0f 1f 00 48 8b 83 f0 00 00 00 48 3d f8 e1 ec 81 48 8d 98 10 ff ff ff 74 5a <48> 8b 83 88 07 00 00 48 85 c0 74 de 44 3b 60 10 76 d8 44 89 e6
>> RIP [<ffffffff8145e8d6>] cgrp_create+0xf6/0x190
>> RSP <ffffffff81a01ea8>
>> CR2: 0000000000000698
>> ---[ end trace a7919e7f17c0a725 ]---
>> Kernel panic - not syncing: Attempted to kill the idle task!
>>
>> The code corresponds to:
>>
>> update_netdev_tables():
>> for_each_netdev(&init_net, dev) {
>> map = rtnl_dereference(dev->priomap); <---- HERE
>>
>>
>> The list head is initialized in netdev_init(), which is called much
>> later than cgrp_create(). So the problem is that we are calling
>> update_netdev_tables() way too early (in cgrp_create()), which will
>> end up traversing the not-yet-circular linked list. So at some point,
>> the dev pointer will become NULL and hence dev->priomap becomes an
>> invalid access.
>>
>> To fix this, just remove the update_netdev_tables() function entirely,
>> since it appears that write_update_netdev_table() will handle things
>> just fine.
>>
>> Signed-off-by: Srivatsa S. Bhat <srivatsa.bhat@linux.vnet.ibm.com>
>> ---
>>
>> Requesting a thorough review of this patch, since I am not sure whether
>> removing update_netdev_tables() is perfectly OK and whether that is the
>> right thing to do.
>>
> We could do this I suppose, but this has already been fixed by
> 734b65417b24d6eea3e3d7457e1f11493890ee1d

Oh good! But don't you think that my patch looks cleaner than that fix?
(Of course, provided that my patch is correct!)

Anyway, I'm happy to see that the boot failure is fixed. But if anyone feels
that the approach of removing the update_netdev_tables() function is correct
and better, I'll be happy to provide a patch on top of the boot-fix that
went upstream.

Regards,
Srivatsa S. Bhat



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