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SubjectRe: Locking Between User Context and Soft IRQs in 2.4.0
On Sun, Nov 05, 2000 at 12:28:55PM +1100, Andrew Morton wrote:
> Andi Kleen wrote:
> >
> > On Sat, Nov 04, 2000 at 12:07:34PM -0500, Jeff Garzik wrote:
> > > Andi Kleen wrote:
> > > > All the MOD_INC/DEC_USE_COUNT are done inside the modules themselves. There
> > > > is nothing that would a driver prevent from being unloaded on a different
> > > > CPU while it is already executing in ->open but has not yet executed the add
> > > > yet or after it has executed the _DEC but it is still running in module code
> > > > Normally the windows are pretty small, but very long running interrupt
> > > > on one CPU hitting exactly in the wrong moment can change that.
> > >
> > > Module unload calls unregister_netdev, which grabs rtnl_lock.
> > > dev->open runs under rtnl_lock.
> > >
> > > Given this, how can the driver be unloaded if dev->open is running?
> >
> > It does not help, because when the semaphore synchronizes it is already
> > too late -- free_module already did the zero module count check and
> > nothing is going to stop it from unloading.
>
> aaarrrggh!!!

A simple fix at least for this case would be a recheck of module count
after free_module() executed the cleanup function.

-Andi
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