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SubjectRe: Heads-up: 3.6.2 / 3.6.3 NFS server oops: 3.6.2+ regression? (also an unrelated ext4 data loss bug)
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On 23 Oct 2012, nix@esperi.org.uk uttered the following:

> On 23 Oct 2012, Trond Myklebust spake thusly:
>> On Tue, 2012-10-23 at 12:46 -0400, J. Bruce Fields wrote:
>>> Looks like there's some confusion about whether nsm_client_get() returns
>>> NULL or an error?
>>
>> nsm_client_get() looks extremely racy in the case where ln->nsm_users ==
>> 0. Since we never recheck the value of ln->nsm_users after taking
>> nsm_create_mutex, what is stopping 2 different threads from both setting
>> ln->nsm_clnt and re-initialising ln->nsm_users?
>
> Yep. At the worst possible time:
>
> spin_lock(&ln->nsm_clnt_lock);
> if (ln->nsm_users) {
> if (--ln->nsm_users)
> ln->nsm_clnt = NULL;
> (1) shutdown = !ln->nsm_users;
> }
> spin_unlock(&ln->nsm_clnt_lock);
>
> If a thread reinitializes nsm_users at point (1), after the assignment,
> we could well end up with ln->nsm_clnt NULL and shutdown false. A bit
> later, nsm_mon_unmon gets called with a NULL clnt, and boom.

Possible fix if so, utterly untested so far (will test when I can face
yet another reboot and fs-corruption-recovery-hell cycle, in a few
hours), may ruin performance, violate locking hierarchies, and consume
kittens:

diff --git a/fs/lockd/mon.c b/fs/lockd/mon.c
index e4fb3ba..da91cdf 100644
--- a/fs/lockd/mon.c
+++ b/fs/lockd/mon.c
@@ -98,7 +98,6 @@ static struct rpc_clnt *nsm_client_get(struct net *net)
spin_unlock(&ln->nsm_clnt_lock);
goto out;
}
- spin_unlock(&ln->nsm_clnt_lock);

mutex_lock(&nsm_create_mutex);
clnt = nsm_create(net);
@@ -108,6 +107,7 @@ static struct rpc_clnt *nsm_client_get(struct net *net)
ln->nsm_users = 1;
}
mutex_unlock(&nsm_create_mutex);
+ spin_unlock(&ln->nsm_clnt_lock);
out:
return clnt;
}


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