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SubjectRe: [lockdep] b09be676e0 BUG: unable to handle kernel NULL pointer dereference at 000001f2
On Tue, Oct 03, 2017 at 09:54:31AM -0700, Linus Torvalds wrote:
> On Tue, Oct 3, 2017 at 7:06 AM, Fengguang Wu <fengguang.wu@intel.com> wrote:
> >
> > This patch triggers a NULL-dereference bug at update_stack_state().
> > Although its parent commit also has a NULL-dereference bug, however
> > the call stack looks rather different. Both dmesg files are attached.
> >
> > It also triggers this warning, which is being discussed in another
> > thread, so CC Josh. The full dmesg attached, too.
> >
> > Please press Enter to activate this console.
> > [ 138.605622] WARNING: kernel stack regs at be299c9a in procd:340 has bad 'bp' value 000001be
> > [ 138.605627] unwind stack type:0 next_sp: (null) mask:0x2 graph_idx:0
> > [ 138.605631] be299c9a: 299ceb00 (0x299ceb00)
> > [ 138.605633] be299c9e: 2281f1be (0x2281f1be)
> > [ 138.605634] be299ca2: 299cebb6 (0x299cebb6)
> >
> > https://git.kernel.org/pub/scm/linux/kernel/git/torvalds/linux.git master
> >
> > commit b09be676e0ff25bd6d2e7637e26d349f9109ad75
> > locking/lockdep: Implement the 'crossrelease' feature
>
> Can we consider just reverting the crossrelease thing?
>
> The apparent stack corruption really worries me, and what worries me
> most is that commit wasn't even supposed to change anything as far as
> I can tell - it only adds infrastructure, no actual users that *set*
> the cross-lock thing.
>
> So the fact that it actually seems to cause behavioural changes seems
> to be _really_ scary, and indicates that the code is completely
> broken.
>
> Or am I missing something?

So I gave crossrelease a bad rap here. Going back and looking at the
panics and stack dumps, what I thought was "stack corruption" was
actually the GCC unaligned stack pointer thing.

I suspect those commits were implicated in the bisections because they
started doing more stack traces in general, revealing some existing
32-bit unwinder/GCC/frame pointer bugs in the process.

So I just wanted to clarify that crossrelease seems to be innocent in
all this. Sorry for the confusion!

--
Josh

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