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SubjectRe: [2.6.26-rc4] mount.nfsv4/memory poisoning issues...
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On Tue, 2008-06-10 at 15:13 -0400, Jeff Layton wrote:

> I think you're basically correct, but it looks to me like the
> nfs_callback_mutex actually protects nfs_callback_info.task as well.
>
> If we're starting the thread, then we can't call kthread_stop on it
> until we release the mutex. So the thread can't exit until we release
> the mutex, and we can be guaranteed that this:
>
> nfs_callback_info.task = NULL;
>
> ...can't happen until after kthread_run returns and nfs_callback_up
> sets it.
>
> If that's right, then maybe this (untested, RFC only) patch would make sense?

Hmm... I suppose that is correct, but what if nfs_alloc_client() does

nfs_callback_up();
<kstrdup() fails>
nfs_callback_down();

AFAICS, if nfs_callback_down() gets called before the kthread() function
gets scheduled back in, then you can get left with a value of
nfs_callback_info.task != NULL, since nfs_callback_svc() will never be
called.

Wouldn't it therefore make more sense to clear nfs_callback_info.task in
nfs_callback_down()?

Cheers
Trond



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