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SubjectRe: [RFC PATCH 2/3] usbnet: Avoid potential races in usbnet_deferred_kevent()
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Am Dienstag, den 19.09.2017, 13:53 -0700 schrieb Doug Anderson:
> Hi,
>
> On Tue, Sep 19, 2017 at 1:37 PM, Oliver Neukum <oneukum@suse.com> wrote:
> >
> > Am Dienstag, den 19.09.2017, 09:15 -0700 schrieb Douglas Anderson:
> > >
> > > In general when you've got a flag communicating that "something needs
> > > to be done" you want to clear that flag _before_ doing the task. If
> > > you clear the flag _after_ doing the task you end up with the risk
> > > that this will happen:
> > >
> > > 1. Requester sets flag saying task A needs to be done.
> > > 2. Worker comes and stars doing task A.
> > > 3. Worker finishes task A but hasn't yet cleared the flag.
> > > 4. Requester wants to set flag saying task A needs to be done again.
> > > 5. Worker clears the flag without doing anything.
> > >
> > > Let's make the usbnet codebase consistently clear the flag _before_ it
> > > does the requested work. That way if there's another request to do
> > > the work while the work is already in progress it won't be lost.
> > >
> > > NOTES:
> > > - No known bugs are fixed by this; it's just found by code inspection.
> >
> > Hi,
> >
> > unfortunately the patch is wrong. The flags must be cleared only
> > in case the handler is successful. That is not guaranteed.
> >
> > Regards
> > Oliver
> >
> > NACK
>
> OK, thanks for reviewing! I definitely wasn't super confident about
> the patch (hence the RFC).
>
> Do you think that the races I identified are possible to hit? In

As far as I can tell, we are safe, but you are right to say that the
driver is not quite clean at that point.

> other words: should I try to rework the patch somehow or just drop it?
> Originally I had the patch setting the flags back to true in the
> failure cases, but then I convinced myself that wasn't needed. I can
> certainly go back and try it that way...

Setting the flags again in the error case would certainly be an
improvement. I'd be happy with a patch doing that.

Regards
Oliver

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