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SubjectRe: [RFC] efivars write(2) races
On Fri, 2013-01-25 at 00:25 +0000, Al Viro wrote:
> 1) process A does write() on efivars file, reaches ->get_variable(),
> gets newdatasize set, drops efivars->lock and loses CPU before an attempt to
> grab ->i_mutex. process B comes and does the same thing, replacing the
> variable contents. Then it grabs ->i_mutex, updates size, drops ->i_mutex
> and buggers off. At which point A gets CPU back and proceeds to set size
> to whatever would be valid for its write. Only the value is bogus now...

Crap, yes. We'll have to jiggle the locking rules around to fix this

> 2) what's to prevent EFI_NOT_FOUND being hit twice? Bad things
> will obviously happen in that case...

I'm not sure which execution path will trigger this? Oh, if we're
spinning for the spinlock in efivarfs_unlink() while another process
does a delete via efivarfs_file_write()? Yeah, that's gonna cause some

Thanks, Al.

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