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SubjectRe: [RFC PATCH] x86, mce: change the mce notifier to 'blocking' from 'atomic'
On Tue, Apr 11, 2017 at 04:44:57PM -0600, Vishal Verma wrote:
> The NFIT MCE handler callback (for handling media errors on NVDIMMs)
> takes a mutex to add the location of a memory error to a list. But since
> the notifier call chain for machine checks (x86_mce_decoder_chain) is
> atomic, we get a lockdep splat like:
>
> BUG: sleeping function called from invalid context at kernel/locking/mutex.c:620
> in_atomic(): 1, irqs_disabled(): 0, pid: 4, name: kworker/0:0
> [..]
> Call Trace:
> dump_stack+0x86/0xc3
> ___might_sleep+0x178/0x240
> __might_sleep+0x4a/0x80
> mutex_lock_nested+0x43/0x3f0
> ? __lock_acquire+0xcbc/0x1290
> nfit_handle_mce+0x33/0x180 [nfit]
> notifier_call_chain+0x4a/0x70
> atomic_notifier_call_chain+0x6e/0x110
> ? atomic_notifier_call_chain+0x5/0x110
> mce_gen_pool_process+0x41/0x70
>
> Commit 648ed94038c030245a06e4be59744fd5cdc18c40
> x86/mce: Provide a lockless memory pool to save error records
> Changes the mce notifier callbacks to be run in a process context, and
> this can allow us to use the 'blocking' type notifier, where we can take
> mutexes etc. in the call chain functions.
>
> Reported-by: Ross Zwisler <ross.zwisler@linux.intel.com>
> Cc: Borislav Petkov <bp@suse.de>
> Cc: Tony Luck <tony.luck@intel.com>
> Cc: Dan Williams <dan.j.williams@intel.com>
> Signed-off-by: Vishal Verma <vishal.l.verma@intel.com>
> ---
> arch/x86/kernel/cpu/mcheck/mce-genpool.c | 2 +-
> arch/x86/kernel/cpu/mcheck/mce-internal.h | 2 +-
> arch/x86/kernel/cpu/mcheck/mce.c | 8 ++++----
> 3 files changed, 6 insertions(+), 6 deletions(-)
>
> While this patch almost solves the problem, I think it is not quite right.
> The x86_mce_decoder_chain is also called from print_mce for fatal machine
> checks, and that is, afaict, still from an atomic context. One thing Tony
> suggested was splitting the notifier chain into two distinct chains, one
> for regular logging and recoverable actions that allows blocking, the
> other from the panic path.

Well, if Mohammad won't come to the mountain...

So the NFIT handler has:

/* We only care about memory errors */
if (!(mce->status & MCACOD))
return NOTIFY_DONE;

what severity are we talking here? Errors which can be reported on the
panic path, i.e., in atomic context or only AO/AR ones which don't raise
an #MC exception?

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