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Subject[PATCH 3.10 040/123] modules, lock around setting of MODULE_STATE_UNFORMED
3.10-stable review patch.  If anyone has any objections, please let me know.


From: Prarit Bhargava <>

commit d3051b489aa81ca9ba62af366149ef42b8dae97c upstream.

A panic was seen in the following sitation.

There are two threads running on the system. The first thread is a system
monitoring thread that is reading /proc/modules. The second thread is
loading and unloading a module (in this example I'm using my simple
dummy-module.ko). Note, in the "real world" this occurred with the qlogic
driver module.

When doing this, the following panic occurred:

------------[ cut here ]------------
kernel BUG at kernel/module.c:3739!
invalid opcode: 0000 [#1] SMP
Modules linked in: binfmt_misc sg nfsv3 rpcsec_gss_krb5 nfsv4 dns_resolver nfs fscache intel_powerclamp coretemp kvm_intel kvm crct10dif_pclmul crc32_pclmul crc32c_intel ghash_clmulni_intel aesni_intel lrw igb gf128mul glue_helper iTCO_wdt iTCO_vendor_support ablk_helper ptp sb_edac cryptd pps_core edac_core shpchp i2c_i801 pcspkr wmi lpc_ich ioatdma mfd_core dca ipmi_si nfsd ipmi_msghandler auth_rpcgss nfs_acl lockd sunrpc xfs libcrc32c sr_mod cdrom sd_mod crc_t10dif crct10dif_common mgag200 syscopyarea sysfillrect sysimgblt i2c_algo_bit drm_kms_helper ttm isci drm libsas ahci libahci scsi_transport_sas libata i2c_core dm_mirror dm_region_hash dm_log dm_mod [last unloaded: dummy_module]
CPU: 37 PID: 186343 Comm: cat Tainted: GF O-------------- 3.10.0+ #7
Hardware name: Intel Corporation S2600CP/S2600CP, BIOS RMLSDP.86I.00.29.D696.1311111329 11/11/2013
task: ffff8807fd2d8000 ti: ffff88080fa7c000 task.ti: ffff88080fa7c000
RIP: 0010:[<ffffffff810d64c5>] [<ffffffff810d64c5>] module_flags+0xb5/0xc0
RSP: 0018:ffff88080fa7fe18 EFLAGS: 00010246
RAX: 0000000000000003 RBX: ffffffffa03b5200 RCX: 0000000000000000
RDX: 0000000000001000 RSI: ffff88080fa7fe38 RDI: ffffffffa03b5000
RBP: ffff88080fa7fe28 R08: 0000000000000010 R09: 0000000000000000
R10: 0000000000000000 R11: 000000000000000f R12: ffffffffa03b5000
R13: ffffffffa03b5008 R14: ffffffffa03b5200 R15: ffffffffa03b5000
FS: 00007f6ae57ef740(0000) GS:ffff88101e7a0000(0000) knlGS:0000000000000000
CS: 0010 DS: 0000 ES: 0000 CR0: 0000000080050033
CR2: 0000000000404f70 CR3: 0000000ffed48000 CR4: 00000000001407e0
DR0: 0000000000000000 DR1: 0000000000000000 DR2: 0000000000000000
DR3: 0000000000000000 DR6: 00000000ffff0ff0 DR7: 0000000000000400
ffffffffa03b5200 ffff8810101e4800 ffff88080fa7fe70 ffffffff810d666c
ffff88081e807300 000000002e0f2fbf 0000000000000000 ffff88100f257b00
ffffffffa03b5008 ffff88080fa7ff48 ffff8810101e4800 ffff88080fa7fee0
Call Trace:
[<ffffffff810d666c>] m_show+0x19c/0x1e0
[<ffffffff811e4d7e>] seq_read+0x16e/0x3b0
[<ffffffff812281ed>] proc_reg_read+0x3d/0x80
[<ffffffff811c0f2c>] vfs_read+0x9c/0x170
[<ffffffff811c1a58>] SyS_read+0x58/0xb0
[<ffffffff81605829>] system_call_fastpath+0x16/0x1b
Code: 48 63 c2 83 c2 01 c6 04 03 29 48 63 d2 eb d9 0f 1f 80 00 00 00 00 48 63 d2 c6 04 13 2d 41 8b 0c 24 8d 50 02 83 f9 01 75 b2 eb cb <0f> 0b 66 0f 1f 84 00 00 00 00 00 0f 1f 44 00 00 55 48 89 e5 41
RIP [<ffffffff810d64c5>] module_flags+0xb5/0xc0
RSP <ffff88080fa7fe18>

Consider the two processes running on the system.

CPU 0 (/proc/modules reader)
CPU 1 (loading/unloading module)

CPU 0 opens /proc/modules, and starts displaying data for each module by
traversing the modules list via fs/seq_file.c:seq_open() and
fs/seq_file.c:seq_read(). For each module in the modules list, seq_read

op->start() <-- this is a pointer to m_start()
op->show() <- this is a pointer to m_show()
op->stop() <-- this is a pointer to m_stop()

The m_start(), m_show(), and m_stop() module functions are defined in
kernel/module.c. The m_start() and m_stop() functions acquire and release
the module_mutex respectively.

ie) When reading /proc/modules, the module_mutex is acquired and released
for each module.

m_show() is called with the module_mutex held. It accesses the module
struct data and attempts to write out module data. It is in this code
path that the above BUG_ON() warning is encountered, specifically m_show()

static char *module_flags(struct module *mod, char *buf)
int bx = 0;


The other thread, CPU 1, in unloading the module calls the syscall
delete_module() defined in kernel/module.c. The module_mutex is acquired
for a short time, and then released. free_module() is called without the
module_mutex. free_module() then sets mod->state = MODULE_STATE_UNFORMED,
also without the module_mutex. Some additional code is called and then the
module_mutex is reacquired to remove the module from the modules list:

/* Now we can delete it from the lists */
stop_machine(__unlink_module, mod, NULL);

This is the sequence of events that leads to the panic.

CPU 1 is removing dummy_module via delete_module(). It acquires the
module_mutex, and then releases it. CPU 1 has NOT set dummy_module->state to

CPU 0, which is reading the /proc/modules, acquires the module_mutex and
acquires a pointer to the dummy_module which is still in the modules list.
CPU 0 calls m_show for dummy_module. The check in m_show() for
MODULE_STATE_UNFORMED passed for dummy_module even though it is being
torn down.

Meanwhile CPU 1, which has been continuing to remove dummy_module without
holding the module_mutex, now calls free_module() and sets
dummy_module->state to MODULE_STATE_UNFORMED.

CPU 0 now calls module_flags() with dummy_module and ...

static char *module_flags(struct module *mod, char *buf)
int bx = 0;


and BOOM.

Acquire and release the module_mutex lock around the setting of
MODULE_STATE_UNFORMED in the teardown path, which should resolve the

Testing: In the unpatched kernel I can panic the system within 1 minute by

while (true) do insmod dummy_module.ko; rmmod dummy_module.ko; done


while (true) do cat /proc/modules; done

in separate terminals.

In the patched kernel I was able to run just over one hour without seeing
any issues. I also verified the output of panic via sysrq-c and the output
of /proc/modules looks correct for all three states for the dummy_module.

dummy_module 12661 0 - Unloading 0xffffffffa03a5000 (OE-)
dummy_module 12661 0 - Live 0xffffffffa03bb000 (OE)
dummy_module 14015 1 - Loading 0xffffffffa03a5000 (OE+)

Signed-off-by: Prarit Bhargava <>
Reviewed-by: Oleg Nesterov <>
Signed-off-by: Rusty Russell <>
Signed-off-by: Greg Kroah-Hartman <>

kernel/module.c | 2 ++
1 file changed, 2 insertions(+)

--- a/kernel/module.c
+++ b/kernel/module.c
@@ -1866,7 +1866,9 @@ static void free_module(struct module *m

/* We leave it in list to prevent duplicate loads, but make sure
* that noone uses it while it's being deconstructed. */
+ mutex_lock(&module_mutex);
+ mutex_unlock(&module_mutex);

/* Remove dynamic debug info */

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