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Subject[PATCH tip/core/rcu 17/23] rcu: Fix day-zero grace-period initialization/cleanup race
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From: "Paul E. McKenney" <paulmck@linux.vnet.ibm.com>

The current approach to grace-period initialization is vulnerable to
extremely low-probabity races. These races stem fro the fact that the
old grace period is marked completed on the same traversal through the
rcu_node structure that is marking the start of the new grace period.
These races can result in too-short grace periods, as shown in the
following scenario:

1. CPU 0 completes a grace period, but needs an additional
grace period, so starts initializing one, initializing all
the non-leaf rcu_node strcutures and the first leaf rcu_node
structure. Because CPU 0 is both completing the old grace
period and starting a new one, it marks the completion of
the old grace period and the start of the new grace period
in a single traversal of the rcu_node structures.

Therefore, CPUs corresponding to the first rcu_node structure
can become aware that the prior grace period has completed, but
CPUs corresponding to the other rcu_node structures will see
this same prior grace period as still being in progress.

2. CPU 1 passes through a quiescent state, and therefore informs
the RCU core. Because its leaf rcu_node structure has already
been initialized, this CPU's quiescent state is applied to the
new (and only partially initialized) grace period.

3. CPU 1 enters an RCU read-side critical section and acquires
a reference to data item A. Note that this critical section
started after the beginning of the new grace period, and
therefore will not block this new grace period.

4. CPU 16 exits dyntick-idle mode. Because it was in dyntick-idle
mode, other CPUs informed the RCU core of its extended quiescent
state for the past several grace periods. This means that CPU
16 is not yet aware that these past grace periods have ended.
Assume that CPU 16 corresponds to the second leaf rcu_node
structure.

5. CPU 16 removes data item A from its enclosing data structure
and passes it to call_rcu(), which queues a callback in the
RCU_NEXT_TAIL segment of the callback queue.

6. CPU 16 enters the RCU core, possibly because it has taken a
scheduling-clock interrupt, or alternatively because it has more
than 10,000 callbacks queued. It notes that the second most
recent grace period has completed (recall that it cannot yet
become aware that the most recent grace period has completed),
and therefore advances its callbacks. The callback for data
item A is therefore in the RCU_NEXT_READY_TAIL segment of the
callback queue.

7. CPU 0 completes initialization of the remaining leaf rcu_node
structures for the new grace period, including the structure
corresponding to CPU 16.

8. CPU 16 again enters the RCU core, again, possibly because it has
taken a scheduling-clock interrupt, or alternatively because
it now has more than 10,000 callbacks queued. It notes that
the most recent grace period has ended, and therefore advances
its callbacks. The callback for data item A is therefore in
the RCU_WAIT_TAIL segment of the callback queue.

9. All CPUs other than CPU 1 pass through quiescent states. Because
CPU 1 already passed through its quiescent state, the new grace
period completes. Note that CPU 1 is still in its RCU read-side
critical section, still referencing data item A.

10. Suppose that CPU 2 wais the last CPU to pass through a quiescent
state for the new grace period, and suppose further that CPU 2
did not have any callbacks queued, therefore not needing an
additional grace period. CPU 2 therefore traverses all of the
rcu_node structures, marking the new grace period as completed,
but does not initialize a new grace period.

11. CPU 16 yet again enters the RCU core, yet again possibly because
it has taken a scheduling-clock interrupt, or alternatively
because it now has more than 10,000 callbacks queued. It notes
that the new grace period has ended, and therefore advances
its callbacks. The callback for data item A is therefore in
the RCU_DONE_TAIL segment of the callback queue. This means
that this callback is now considered ready to be invoked.

12. CPU 16 invokes the callback, freeing data item A while CPU 1
is still referencing it.

This scenario represents a day-zero bug for TREE_RCU. This commit
therefore ensures that the old grace period is marked completed in
all leaf rcu_node structures before a new grace period is marked
started in any of them.

Signed-off-by: Paul E. McKenney <paulmck@linux.vnet.ibm.com>
---
kernel/rcutree.c | 36 +++++++++++++-----------------------
1 files changed, 13 insertions(+), 23 deletions(-)
diff --git a/kernel/rcutree.c b/kernel/rcutree.c
index d435009..4cfe488 100644
--- a/kernel/rcutree.c
+++ b/kernel/rcutree.c
@@ -1161,33 +1161,23 @@ static void rcu_gp_cleanup(struct rcu_state *rsp)
* they can do to advance the grace period. It is therefore
* safe for us to drop the lock in order to mark the grace
* period as completed in all of the rcu_node structures.
- *
- * But if this CPU needs another grace period, it will take
- * care of this while initializing the next grace period.
- * We use RCU_WAIT_TAIL instead of the usual RCU_DONE_TAIL
- * because the callbacks have not yet been advanced: Those
- * callbacks are waiting on the grace period that just now
- * completed.
*/
- rdp = this_cpu_ptr(rsp->rda);
- if (*rdp->nxttail[RCU_WAIT_TAIL] == NULL) {
- raw_spin_unlock_irqrestore(&rnp->lock, flags);
+ raw_spin_unlock_irqrestore(&rnp->lock, flags);

- /*
- * Propagate new ->completed value to rcu_node
- * structures so that other CPUs don't have to
- * wait until the start of the next grace period
- * to process their callbacks.
- */
- rcu_for_each_node_breadth_first(rsp, rnp) {
- raw_spin_lock_irqsave(&rnp->lock, flags);
- rnp->completed = rsp->gpnum;
- raw_spin_unlock_irqrestore(&rnp->lock, flags);
- cond_resched();
- }
- rnp = rcu_get_root(rsp);
+ /*
+ * Propagate new ->completed value to rcu_node structures so
+ * that other CPUs don't have to wait until the start of the next
+ * grace period to process their callbacks. This also avoids
+ * some nasty RCU grace-period initialization races.
+ */
+ rcu_for_each_node_breadth_first(rsp, rnp) {
raw_spin_lock_irqsave(&rnp->lock, flags);
+ rnp->completed = rsp->gpnum;
+ raw_spin_unlock_irqrestore(&rnp->lock, flags);
+ cond_resched();
}
+ rnp = rcu_get_root(rsp);
+ raw_spin_lock_irqsave(&rnp->lock, flags);

rsp->completed = rsp->gpnum; /* Declare grace period done. */
trace_rcu_grace_period(rsp->name, rsp->completed, "end");
--
1.7.8


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