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SubjectRe: kmemcheck caught read from freed memory (cfq_free_io_context)
On Tue, Apr 01, 2008 at 11:36:28PM +0200, Peter Zijlstra wrote:
> On Tue, 2008-04-01 at 23:08 +0200, Vegard Nossum wrote:
> > Hi,
> >
> > This appeared in my logs:
> >
> > kmemcheck: Caught 32-bit read from freed memory (f7042348)
> >
> > Pid: 1374, comm: bash Not tainted (2.6.25-rc7 #92)
> > EIP: 0060:[<c0502f0d>] EFLAGS: 00210202 CPU: 0
> > EIP is at call_for_each_cic+0x2d/0x44
> > EAX: 00200286 EBX: 00000001 ECX: c200e908 EDX: f7042348
> > ESI: f6c26c60 EDI: c0503310 EBP: f70fff38 ESP: c082ec88
> > DS: 007b ES: 007b FS: 00d8 GS: 0033 SS: 0068
> > CR0: 8005003b CR2: f7826904 CR3: 36cd7000 CR4: 000006c0
> > DR0: 00000000 DR1: 00000000 DR2: 00000000 DR3: 00000000
> > DR6: ffff4ff0 DR7: 00000400
> > [<c041cff8>] kmemcheck_read+0xa8/0xe0
> > [<c041d1d5>] kmemcheck_access+0x1a5/0x244
> > [<c0668252>] do_page_fault+0x622/0x6fc
> > [<c06666aa>] error_code+0x72/0x78
> > [<c050323f>] cfq_free_io_context+0xf/0x70
> > [<c04fc4d7>] put_io_context+0x4f/0x58
> > [<c04fc568>] exit_io_context+0x60/0x6c
> > [<c042f871>] do_exit+0x4d9/0x6f0
> > [<c042fab1>] do_group_exit+0x29/0x88
> > [<c042fb1f>] sys_exit_group+0xf/0x14
> > [<c0406105>] sysenter_past_esp+0x6d/0xa4
> > [<ffffffff>] 0xffffffff
> >
> > The error occurs in cfq_free_io_context()'s call to
> > call_for_each_cic() which looks like this:
> >
> > rcu_read_lock();
> > hlist_for_each_entry_rcu(cic, n, &ioc->cic_list, cic_list) {
> > func(ioc, cic);
> > called++;
> > }
> > rcu_read_unlock();
> >
> > The function that is called is cic_free_func(). It is postulated that
> > hlist_for_each_entry_rcu() will dereference the previously freed list
> > element to get the ->next pointer.
> >
> > After a short discussion with Pekka Enberg and Peter Zijlstra, it
> > seemed evident that this list traversal should use
> > hlist_for_each_entry_safe_rcu() instead, which would buffer the next
> > pointer before the object is freed.
> >
> > Does this report seem to be valid?
> >
> > The kernel is 2.6.25-rc7.
>
> The missing hlist for loop would look something like so:
>
> #define hlist_for_each_entry_safe_rcu(tpos, pos, n, head, member) \
> for (pos = (head)->first; \
> rcu_dereference(pos) && ({ n = pos->next; 1; }) && \
> ({ tpos = hlist_entry(pos, typeof(*tpos), member); 1;}); \
> pos = n)

Why the heck is cic_free_func() immediately doing a kmem_cache_free()
on the cfq_io_context structure??? Shouldn't we have a call_rcu() or a
synchronize_rcu() in there somewhere??? Given the way this is written,
wouldn't readers on other code paths get dumped onto the freelist?
This would not be a good thing...

Thanx, Paul


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