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SubjectRe: [PATCH] sched: fix another race when reading /proc/sched_debug
* Peter Zijlstra <a.p.zijlstra@chello.nl> [2008-12-14 13:48:10]:

> On Sun, 2008-12-14 at 10:54 +0800, Li Zefan wrote:
> > > i merged it up in tip/master, could you please check whether it's ok?
> > >
> >
> > Sorry, though this patch avoids accessing a half-created cgroup, but I found
> > current code may access a cgroup which has been destroyed.
> >
> > The simplest fix is to take cgroup_lock() before for_each_leaf_cfs_rq.
> >
> > Could you revert this patch and apply the following new one? My box has
> > survived for 16 hours with it applied.
> >
> > ==========
> >
> > From: Li Zefan <lizf@cn.fujitsu.com>
> > Date: Sun, 14 Dec 2008 09:53:28 +0800
> > Subject: [PATCH] sched: fix another race when reading /proc/sched_debug
> >
> > I fixed an oops with the following commit:
> >
> > | commit 24eb089950ce44603b30a3145a2c8520e2b55bb1
> > | Author: Li Zefan <lizf@cn.fujitsu.com>
> > | Date: Thu Nov 6 12:53:32 2008 -0800
> > |
> > | cgroups: fix invalid cgrp->dentry before cgroup has been completely removed
> > |
> > | This fixes an oops when reading /proc/sched_debug.
> >
> > The above commit fixed a race that reading /proc/sched_debug may access
> > NULL cgrp->dentry if a cgroup is being removed (via cgroup_rmdir), but
> > hasn't been destroyed (via cgroup_diput).
> >
> > But I found there's another different race, in that reading sched_debug
> > may access a cgroup which is being created or has been destroyed, and thus
> > dereference NULL cgrp->dentry!
> >
> > task_group is added to the global list while the cgroup is being created,
> > and is removed from the global list while the cgroup is under destruction.
> > So running through the list should be protected by cgroup_lock(), if
> > cgroup data will be accessed (here by calling cgroup_path).
>
> Can't we detect a dead task-group and skip those instead of adding this
> global lock?
>

Now we can, there is a css_is_removed() function.

--
Balbir


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