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SubjectRe: [PULL] param sysfs oops (simple, leaky) fix, bool arrays fix
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On Tue, 2010-04-27 at 13:31 +0300, Artem Bityutskiy wrote:
> On Thu, 2009-10-29 at 09:02 +1030, Rusty Russell wrote:
> > (Thanks to Takashi-san, who found the oops and kept reading the code to spot
> > the others. A more complete fix is pending, but this works for 2.6.32 and
> > -stable: see commit message and FIXME in code.)
> >
> > The following changes since commit 964fe080d94db82a3268443e9b9ece4c60246414:
> > Linus Torvalds (1):
> > Merge git://git.kernel.org/.../rusty/linux-2.6-for-linus
> >
> > are available in the git repository at:
> >
> > ssh://master.kernel.org/pub/scm/linux/kernel/git/rusty/linux-2.6-param-fixes.git master
> >
> > Rusty Russell (3):
> > param: fix lots of bugs with writing charp params from sysfs, by leaking mem.
> > param: fix NULL comparison on oom
> > param: fix setting arrays of bool
> >
> > include/linux/moduleparam.h | 1 -
> > kernel/params.c | 17 ++++++-----------
> > 2 files changed, 6 insertions(+), 12 deletions(-)
> >
> > commit 65afac7d80ab3bc9f81e75eafb71eeb92a3ebdef
> > Author: Rusty Russell <rusty@rustcorp.com.au>
> > Date: Thu Oct 29 08:56:16 2009 -0600
> >
> > param: fix lots of bugs with writing charp params from sysfs, by leaking mem.
> >
> > e180a6b7759a "param: fix charp parameters set via sysfs" fixed the case
> > where charp parameters written via sysfs were freed, leaving drivers
> > accessing random memory.
> >
> > Unfortunately, storing a flag in the kparam struct was a bad idea: it's
> > rodata so setting it causes an oops on some archs. But that's not all:
> >
> > 1) module_param_array() on charp doesn't work reliably, since we use an
> > uninitialized temporary struct kernel_param.
> > 2) there's a fundamental race if a module uses this parameter and then
> > it's changed: they will still access the old, freed, memory.
> >
> > The simplest fix (ie. for 2.6.32) is to never free the memory. This
> > prevents all these problems, at cost of a memory leak. In practice, there
> > are only 18 places where a charp is writable via sysfs, and all are
> > root-only writable.
>
> Hmm, is it really only about changing the parameters via sysfs? We see
> the following kmemleak complaints in 2.6.32 (I think it will be the same
> in the latest kernel, but I did not check):
>
> kmemleak: unreferenced object 0xdeff3c80 (size 64):
> kmemleak: comm "modprobe", pid 788, jiffies 4294933427
> kmemleak: backtrace:
> kmemleak: [<c00e59b8>] __save_stack_trace+0x34/0x40
> kmemleak: [<c00e5ad0>] create_object+0x10c/0x208
> kmemleak: [<c03ae0ec>] kmemleak_alloc+0x40/0x84
> kmemleak: [<c00dca74>] __kmalloc_track_caller+0x140/0x154
> kmemleak: [<c00c47ac>] kstrdup+0x38/0x54
> kmemleak: [<c0081854>] param_set_charp+0x68/0x94
> kmemleak: [<c0081108>] parse_args+0x18c/0x280
> kmemleak: [<c009fc74>] load_module+0x11e8/0x1644
> kmemleak: [<c00a0130>] sys_init_module+0x60/0x1f4
> kmemleak: [<c003c040>] ret_fast_syscall+0x0/0x38
>
> So we are leaking on every insmod/rmmod, AFAICS, not just in the sysfs
> case.

Rusty, correct me if I'm wrong, but it looks like the above memleak was
introduced by e180a6b7759a99a28cbcce3547c4c80822cb6c2a, where you added
the kstrdup(). So you kinda fixed the sysfs case (it still memleaks
though), but at the cost of additional insmod/rmmod leak, right?

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Best Regards,
Artem Bityutskiy (Артём Битюцкий)

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