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SubjectRe: [PATCH] fbmem: copy_from/to_user() with mutex held (v3)
On Tue, 20 Jan 2009 10:27:56 +0100
Andrea Righi <righi.andrea@gmail.com> wrote:

> Avoid to call copy_from/to_user() with fb_info->lock mutex held in fbmem
> ioctl().
>
> fb_mmap() is called under mm->mmap_sem (A) held, that also acquires
> fb_info->lock (B); fb_ioctl() takes fb_info->lock (B) and does
> copy_from/to_user() that might acquire mm->mmap_sem (A), causing a
> deadlock.
>
> NOTE: it doesn't push down the fb_info->lock in each own driver's
> fb_ioctl(), so there're still potential deadlocks somewhere.
>

Looks good to me.

> ...
>
> static long fb_ioctl(struct file *file, unsigned int cmd, unsigned long arg)
> -__acquires(&info->lock)
> -__releases(&info->lock)

Should the __acquires/__releases annotation be relocated to
do_fb_ioctl()? I've never actually got down and understood those
things.




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