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SubjectRe: [PATCH] cgroups: fix 2.6.32 regression causing BUG_ON() in cgroup_diput()
CC: Andrew
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Dave Anderson wrote:
> The LTP cgroup test suite generates a "kernel BUG at kernel/cgroup.c:790!"
> here in cgroup_diput():
> /*
> * if we're getting rid of the cgroup, refcount should
> ensure
> * that there are no pidlists left.
> */
> BUG_ON(!list_empty(&cgrp->pidlists));

Good catch. Thanks!

This BUG can be easily triggered if 2 threads are reading the same cgroup's
tasks file at the same time, and then the cgroup gets removed.

And this patch needs to be added to 2.6.32.x.

> The cgroup pidlist rework in 2.6.32 generates the BUG_ON, which is caused
> when pidlist_array_load() calls cgroup_pidlist_find():
> (1) if a matching cgroup_pidlist is found, it down_write's the mutex of the
> pre-existing cgroup_pidlist, and increments its use_count.
> (2) if no matching cgroup_pidlist is found, then a new one is allocated, it
> down_write's its mutex, and the use_count is set to 0.
> (3) the matching, or new, cgroup_pidlist gets returned back to
> pidlist_array_load(),
> which increments its use_count -- regardless whether new or
> pre-existing --
> and up_write's the mutex.
> So if a matching list is ever encountered by cgroup_pidlist_find() during
> the life of a cgroup directory, it results in an inflated use_count value,
> preventing it from ever getting released by cgroup_release_pid_array().
> Then if the directory is subsequently removed, cgroup_diput() hits the
> BUG_ON() when it finds that the directory's cgroup is still populated
> with a pidlist.
> The patch simply removes the use_count increment when a matching
> pidlist is found by cgroup_pidlist_find(), because it gets bumped by
> the calling pidlist_array_load() function while still protected by the
> list's mutex.
> Signed-off-by: Dave Anderson <>

Reviewed-by: Li Zefan <>

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