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SubjectRe: [PATCH] sysfs_remove_dir Vs dcache_readdir race fix
On Thu, Nov 20, 2003 at 11:26:55AM +0530, Maneesh Soni wrote:
> On Thu, Nov 20, 2003 at 05:49:57AM +0000, wrote:
> > On Thu, Nov 20, 2003 at 11:17:07AM +0530, Maneesh Soni wrote:
> > > Hi,
> > >
> > > sysfs_remove_dir modifies d_subdirs list which results in inconsistency
> > > when there is concurrent dcache_readdir is going on. I think there
> > > is no need for sysfs_remove_dir to modify d_subdirs list and removal
> > > of dentries from d_child list is taken care in the final dput().
> >
> > WTF?
> >
> > All instances of ->readdir() are protected by ->i_sem on parent. So
> > are all operations in sysfs_remove_dir().
> >
> > Have you actually observed any race there?
> Yes.. if you run the mentioned two loops on an SMP box, you will find that
> dcache_readdir is looping with dcache_lock held up in less than a minute.
> The problem comes when sysfs_remove_dir has done list_del_init on the cursor
> dentry which is being used in dcache_readdir. Please enable pr_debug() also
> in sysfs_remove_dir to see the this happening.
> Maneesh

Clarrifying more:

Actually race is not directly between dcache_readdir and sysfs_remove_dir but
it is like this

cpu 0 cpu 1
--> adds the cursor dentry

--> list_del_init cursor dentry

--> loops forever on inititalized cursor dentry.

Though all these operations happen under parent's i_sem, but it is dropped
between ->open() and ->readdir() as both are different calls.

I think people will also agree that there is no need for sysfs_remove_dir()
to modify d_subdirs list.


Maneesh Soni
Linux Technology Center,
IBM Software Lab, Bangalore, India
Phone: 91-80-5044999 Fax: 91-80-5268553
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