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SubjectRe: [BUG] ati_remote2.c: possible mutex_lock without mutex_unlock
On Tue, 13 Oct 2009, iceberg wrote:

> In driver ./drivers/input/input.c possible call to mutex_lock from
> function input_devices_seq_start without mutex_unlock.
> After calling input_devices_seq_start we can't know whether
> mutex was locked or not.

> Case 1. If mutex_lock_interruptible was not locked due to interrupt then
> input_devices_seq_start returns NULL.
> Case 2. If mutex was successfuly locked but seq_list_start returned NULL
> then input_devices_seq_start returns NULL too. The last case occurs if
> seq_list_start is called with pos>size of input_dev_list or pos<0.
> Hence, after calling input_devices_seq_start we can not simply check
> that result is not NULL and call input_devices_seq_stop function
> which unlocks the mutex. Because in case 2 the mutex will stay locked.
> void * ret = input_devices_seq_start(...);
> if(ret!=NULL) {
> //mutex is acquired for sure
> input_devices_seq_stop(...);//unlocks the mutex
> } else {
> //mutex may be acquired or not
> }

Plus, we should return EAGAIN rather than failing silently when
input_handlers_seq_start() has been interrupted by signal, right?

Dmitry, how about the fix below?

From: Jiri Kosina <>
Subject: [PATCH] Input: make input_handlers_seq_start() signal safe

input_devices_seq_start() uses mutex_lock_interruptible() to acquire the
input_mutex, but doesn't properly handle the situation if
mutex_lock_interruptible() really gets interrupted. In such scenario,
input_handlers_seq_start() returns NULL, which ambiguous, as
seq_list_start() could return NULL as well. This could lead to the
situation in which input_handlers_seq_stop() will try to unlock mutex that
hasn't been locked.

Plus, in such situations, the code fails silently, rather than returning

Reported-by: iceberg <>
Signed-off-by: Jiri Kosina <>
drivers/input/input.c | 6 +++++-
1 files changed, 5 insertions(+), 1 deletions(-)

diff --git a/drivers/input/input.c b/drivers/input/input.c
index c6f88eb..ef4d5c1 100644
--- a/drivers/input/input.c
+++ b/drivers/input/input.c
@@ -882,7 +882,7 @@ static const struct file_operations input_devices_fileops = {
static void *input_handlers_seq_start(struct seq_file *seq, loff_t *pos)
if (mutex_lock_interruptible(&input_mutex))
- return NULL;
+ return ERR_PTR(-EAGAIN);

seq->private = (void *)(unsigned long)*pos;
return seq_list_start(&input_handler_list, *pos);
@@ -896,6 +896,10 @@ static void *input_handlers_seq_next(struct seq_file *seq, void *v, loff_t *pos)

static void input_handlers_seq_stop(struct seq_file *seq, void *v)
+ /* seq_start could get interrupted by signal before acquiring mutex */
+ if (IS_ERR(v) && ERR_PTR(v) == -EAGAIN)
+ return;

Jiri Kosina
SUSE Labs, Novell Inc.

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