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Subject[patch 52/58] clockevents: prevent endless loop in tick_handle_periodic()
2.6.29-stable review patch.  If anyone has any objections, please let us know.


From: john stultz <>

commit 74a03b69d1b5ce00a568e142ca97e76b7f5239c6 upstream.

tick_handle_periodic() can lock up hard when a one shot clock event
device is used in combination with jiffies clocksource.

Avoid an endless loop issue by requiring that a highres valid
clocksource be installed before we call tick_periodic() in a loop when
using ONESHOT mode. The result is we will only increment jiffies once
per interrupt until a continuous hardware clocksource is available.

Without this, we can run into a endless loop, where each cycle through
the loop, jiffies is updated which increments time by tick_period or
more (due to clock steering), which can cause the event programming to
think the next event was before the newly incremented time and fail
causing tick_periodic() to be called again and the whole process loops

[ Impact: prevent hard lock up ]

Signed-off-by: John Stultz <>
Signed-off-by: Andrew Morton <>
Signed-off-by: Thomas Gleixner <>
Signed-off-by: Greg Kroah-Hartman <>

--- a/kernel/time/tick-common.c
+++ b/kernel/time/tick-common.c
@@ -93,7 +93,17 @@ void tick_handle_periodic(struct clock_event_device *dev)
for (;;) {
if (!clockevents_program_event(dev, next, ktime_get()))
- tick_periodic(cpu);
+ /*
+ * Have to be careful here. If we're in oneshot mode,
+ * before we call tick_periodic() in a loop, we need
+ * to be sure we're using a real hardware clocksource.
+ * Otherwise we could get trapped in an infinite
+ * loop, as the tick_periodic() increments jiffies,
+ * when then will increment time, posibly causing
+ * the loop to trigger again and again.
+ */
+ if (timekeeping_valid_for_hres())
+ tick_periodic(cpu);
next = ktime_add(next, tick_period);

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