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SubjectRe: NULL deref around blkmq in v4.0-rc1–rc7
On 04/09/2015 03:37 PM, Linus Torvalds wrote:
> On Thu, Apr 9, 2015 at 2:25 PM, Jens Axboe <> wrote:
>> Not sure why it isn't all zeroed, definitely the saner thing to do at init
>> time.
> So practically speaking, it might well often be zeroed just because
> the BIOS may have initialized memory that way (and big multi-page
> allocations have probably not gotten re-used).
>> And if this is mpt, we recently ran into some list corruption issues due to
>> a bug in the driver. It hit on reboot, but it was scan related, so could be
>> a boot issue as well.
> So one of the earlier emails had this:
> Copyright (c) 1999-2008 LSI Corporation
> Fusion MPT SAS Host driver 3.04.20
> mptbase: ioc0: Initiating bringup
> ioc0: LSISAS1068 A0: Capabilities={Initiator}
> scsi host0: ioc0: LSISAS1068 A0, FwRev=00000000h, Ports=8, MaxQ=256, IRQ=22
> mptsas: ioc0: attaching ssp device: fw_channel 0, fw_id 1, phy 1,
> sas_addr 0x1060504030201a0
> scsi 0:0:0:0: Direct-Access VBOX HARDDISK 1.0 PQ: 0 ANSI: 5
> scsi 0:0:0:0: Attached scsi generic sg0 type 0
> mptbase: ioc1: Initiating bringup
> ioc1: LSISAS1068 A0: Capabilities={Initiator}
> scsi host1: ioc1: LSISAS1068 A0, FwRev=00000000h, Ports=8, MaxQ=256, IRQ=17
> mptsas: ioc1: attaching ssp device: fw_channel 0, fw_id 0, phy 0,
> sas_addr 0x60504030201a0
> scsi 1:0:0:0: Direct-Access VBOX HARDDISK 1.0 PQ: 0 ANSI: 5
> scsi 1:0:0:0: Attached scsi generic sg1 type 0
> and I'm assuming that that is the backing storage.

mpt is a maze of roughly duplicate, crazy drivers. The bug in question
impacted mpt2sas and mpt3sas, and this looks like the mpt fusion driver.
So it's probably not that.

> And yes, memory corruption sounds like a more likely cause than
> anything else. I don't like how the request data wasn't fully
> initialized, but the cmd->sense_buffer pointer itself *should* have
> been initialized by the ->init_request() call.

The block request state should be sane, we clear what we need, and
at-alloc init will ensure that state is safe across request reuse. But
it really should just be cleared unconditionally at allocation time.

And ->init_request() should take care of the SCSI command init. It does
look like it's relying on zeroes already, so either adding the memset()
or just adding the __GFP_ZERO would be prudent.

> So I don't actually expect my patch to really make any difference,
> although I do think that code should be looked at.

Jan, is it always clearing in a page size? That seems odd, especially if
we're considering random gunk in memory.

Jens Axboe

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