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SubjectRe: [PATCH] fix NULL-pointer dereference on scsi_run_queue
On 08/07/12 08:53, Chanho Min wrote:
> On Tue, Aug 7, 2012 at 2:56 AM, Bart Van Assche <> wrote:
>> Indeed. How about the patch below ? Scsi devices are removed from
>> starved_list after blk_cleanup_queue() and before put_device(). That
>> guarantees that inside scsi_run_queue() get_device() under host lock
>> will succeed.
> Thanks, IMHO, it's harmless and the simple way to solve this issue.
> But, I think the second half of your patches are not required, extra
> referecne is might suffice?

I'm afraid that without the second half of that patch the following race
is still possible:
- sdev reference count drops to zero while scsi_run_queue() is in
progress and while that sdev is on the starved_list of its SCSI host;
scsi_device_dev_release_usercontext() call is scheduled but not yet
- scsi_run_queue() takes that sdev off the local starved_list.
- scsi_run_queue() calls get_device() and that call fails since the
sdev reference count is zero.
- scsi_device_dev_release_usercontext() gets scheduled and frees the
- scsi_run_queue() proceeds and calls __blk_run_queue() on a freed
queue, which is what we were trying to avoid.


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