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Subject[030/119] uids: Prevent tear down race
2.6.31-stable review patch.  If anyone has any objections, please let us know.

From: Thomas Gleixner <>

commit b00bc0b237055b4c45816325ee14f0bd83e6f590 upstream.

Ingo triggered the following warning:

WARNING: at lib/debugobjects.c:255 debug_print_object+0x42/0x50()
Hardware name: System Product Name
ODEBUG: init active object type: timer_list
Modules linked in:
Pid: 2619, comm: dmesg Tainted: G W 2.6.32-rc5-tip+ #5298
Call Trace:
[<81035443>] warn_slowpath_common+0x6a/0x81
[<8120e483>] ? debug_print_object+0x42/0x50
[<81035498>] warn_slowpath_fmt+0x29/0x2c
[<8120e483>] debug_print_object+0x42/0x50
[<8120ec2a>] __debug_object_init+0x279/0x2d7
[<8120ecb3>] debug_object_init+0x13/0x18
[<810409d2>] init_timer_key+0x17/0x6f
[<81041526>] free_uid+0x50/0x6c
[<8104ed2d>] put_cred_rcu+0x61/0x72
[<81067fac>] rcu_do_batch+0x70/0x121

debugobjects warns about an enqueued timer being initialized. If
CONFIG_USER_SCHED=y the user management code uses delayed work to
remove the user from the hash table and tear down the sysfs objects.

free_uid is called from RCU and initializes/schedules delayed work if
the usage count of the user_struct is 0. The init/schedule happens
outside of the uidhash_lock protected region which allows a concurrent
caller of find_user() to reference the about to be destroyed
user_struct w/o preventing the work from being scheduled. If the next
free_uid call happens before the work timer expired then the active
timer is initialized and the work scheduled again.

The race was introduced in commit 5cb350ba (sched: group scheduling,
sysfs tunables) and made more prominent by commit 3959214f (sched:
delayed cleanup of user_struct)

Move the init/schedule_delayed_work inside of the uidhash_lock
protected region to prevent the race.

Signed-off-by: Thomas Gleixner <>
Acked-by: Dhaval Giani <>
Cc: Paul E. McKenney <>
Cc: Kay Sievers <>
Signed-off-by: Greg Kroah-Hartman <>

kernel/user.c | 2 +-
1 file changed, 1 insertion(+), 1 deletion(-)

--- a/kernel/user.c
+++ b/kernel/user.c
@@ -330,9 +330,9 @@ done:
static void free_user(struct user_struct *up, unsigned long flags)
- spin_unlock_irqrestore(&uidhash_lock, flags);
INIT_DELAYED_WORK(&up->work, cleanup_user_struct);
schedule_delayed_work(&up->work, msecs_to_jiffies(1000));
+ spin_unlock_irqrestore(&uidhash_lock, flags);


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