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SubjectRe: [PATCH 10/10] nf_conntrack: Use rcu_barrier().
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On Tue, 2009-06-23 at 18:23 +0200, Patrick McHardy wrote:
> Jesper Dangaard Brouer wrote:
> > I'm not sure which is are most optimal place to call rcu_barrier().
> > The patch probably calls rcu_barrier() too much, but its a better
> > safe than sorry approach.
> >
> > There is embedded some comments that I would like Patrick McHardy
> > to look at.
> >
> > diff --git a/net/netfilter/nf_conntrack_core.c b/net/netfilter/nf_conntrack_core.c
> > index 5f72b94..cea4537 100644
> > --- a/net/netfilter/nf_conntrack_core.c
> > +++ b/net/netfilter/nf_conntrack_core.c
> > @@ -1084,6 +1084,8 @@ static void nf_conntrack_cleanup_init_net(void)
> > {
> > nf_conntrack_helper_fini();
> > nf_conntrack_proto_fini();
> > + rcu_barrier();
> > + /* Need to wait for call_rcu() before dealloc the kmem_cache */
> > kmem_cache_destroy(nf_conntrack_cachep);
>
> Which call_rcu() is this referring to?

It is the call_rcu() in nf_conntrack_expect.c (which is linked into
nf_conntrack.ko). But that also means that it should have been the slab
cache called "nf_ct_expect_cachep" we should have waited for... (and I
also notice that "nf_ct_expect_cachep" is missing the
SLAB_DESTROY_BY_RCU flag, and the SLAB_DESTROY_BY_RCU flag should be
removed from "nf_conntrack_cachep")

> If its the conntrack destruction,
> that one is gone in the current kernel and I think destruction is
> handled properly by the sl*b-allocators (SLAB_DESTROY_BY_RCU).

Just dived into the slab.c code and noticed that it also is flawed,
ARGH!. When the SLAB_DESTROY_BY_RCU flags is set, it only calls
synchronize_rcu() and not rcu_barrier() as it should!

I'll fix that up in another patch series...

Looking into slub and slob at the moment, and it seems that they
schedule another call_rcu callback for freeing when the
SLAB_DESTROY_BY_RCU flags is set. That seems racy to me... Paul?


> > @@ -1118,6 +1120,9 @@ void nf_conntrack_cleanup(struct net *net)
> > /* This makes sure all current packets have passed through
> > netfilter framework. Roll on, two-stage module
> > delete... */
> > + /* hawk@comx.dk 2009-06-20: Think this should be replaced by a
> > + rcu_barrier() ???
> > + */
> > synchronize_net();
>
> AFAICT this one is used to make sure the old value of the ip_ct_attach
> hook is not visible anymore before beginning cleanup and is not needed
> for anything else.

Fine!

> > nf_conntrack_cleanup_net(net);
> > diff --git a/net/netfilter/nf_conntrack_standalone.c b/net/netfilter/nf_conntrack_standalone.c
> > index 1935153..29c6cd0 100644
> > --- a/net/netfilter/nf_conntrack_standalone.c
> > +++ b/net/netfilter/nf_conntrack_standalone.c
> > @@ -500,6 +500,8 @@ static void nf_conntrack_net_exit(struct net *net)
> > nf_conntrack_standalone_fini_sysctl(net);
> > nf_conntrack_standalone_fini_proc(net);
> > nf_conntrack_cleanup(net);
> > + /* hawk@comx.dk: Think rcu_barrier() should to be called earlier? */
> > + rcu_barrier(); /* Wait for completion of call_rcu()'s */
> > }
>
> Which call_rcu() is this referring to? We should place them in
> the cleanup sub-functions to make this clearly visible.

This call_rcu() is the one done in nf_conntrack_extend.c:114 (notice
"_extend" NOT "_expect"), which calls __nf_ct_ext_free_rcu().

Guess this rcu_barrier() should then be move to
nf_ct_extend_unregister() right? (it already invokes a
synchronize_rcu() that should be replaced by rcu_barrier()).
Although this means the nf_ct_extend_unregister() will be called three
times in nf_conntrack_cleanup_net() when unregistering ecache, acct and
expect.


Thank you for your feedback :-) ... I'll post a new v2 patch...
--
Med venlig hilsen / Best regards
Jesper Brouer
ComX Networks A/S
Linux Network developer
Cand. Scient Datalog / MSc.
Author of http://adsl-optimizer.dk
LinkedIn: http://www.linkedin.com/in/brouer



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