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SubjectRe: rcu_read_lock/unlock protect find_task_by_vpid call in check_clock
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On Wed, 2010-11-24 at 20:35 -0500, Dave Jones wrote:
> ===================================================
> [ INFO: suspicious rcu_dereference_check() usage. ]
> ---------------------------------------------------
> kernel/pid.c:419 invoked rcu_dereference_check() without protection!
>
> other info that might help us debug this:
>
>
> rcu_scheduler_active = 1, debug_locks = 1
> 1 lock held by scrashme/13382:
> #0: (tasklist_lock){.?.?..}, at: [<ffffffff8106ddea>] check_clock+0x46/0x9a
>
> stack backtrace:
> Pid: 13382, comm: scrashme Not tainted 2.6.37-rc3+ #8
> Call Trace:
> [<ffffffff8107cfe1>] lockdep_rcu_dereference+0x9d/0xa5
> [<ffffffff81069d08>] find_task_by_pid_ns+0x44/0x5d
> [<ffffffff81069d43>] find_task_by_vpid+0x22/0x24
> [<ffffffff8106ddf2>] check_clock+0x4e/0x9a
> [<ffffffff8106deac>] posix_cpu_clock_getres+0x16/0x41
> [<ffffffff8106be74>] sys_clock_getres+0x39/0xa0
> [<ffffffff81009cb2>] system_call_fastpath+0x16/0x1b
>
> Signed-off-by: Dave Jones <davej@redhat.com>
>
> diff --git a/kernel/posix-cpu-timers.c b/kernel/posix-cpu-timers.c
> index 6842eeb..4bef9aa 100644
> --- a/kernel/posix-cpu-timers.c
> +++ b/kernel/posix-cpu-timers.c
> @@ -38,11 +38,13 @@ static int check_clock(const clockid_t which_clock)
> return 0;
>
> read_lock(&tasklist_lock);
> + rcu_read_lock();
> p = find_task_by_vpid(pid);
> if (!p || !(CPUCLOCK_PERTHREAD(which_clock) ?
> same_thread_group(p, current) : thread_group_leader(p))) {
> error = -EINVAL;
> }
> + rcu_read_unlock();
> read_unlock(&tasklist_lock);
>
> return error;


Pretty much the same comment as the other patch..

<copy/paste>

Do we still need the tasklist_lock in this case?

Also, why is that think complaining, surely the tasklist_lock pins any
and all PID objects?


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