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Subject[PATCH tip/core/rcu 07/13] rcu: Add smp_mb__after_atomic() to sync_exp_work_done()
The sync_exp_work_done() function needs to fully order the
counter-check operation against anything happening after the
corresponding grace period. This is a theoretical bug, as all current
architectures either provide full ordering for atomic operations
on the one hand or implement smp_mb__before_atomic() as smp_mb()
on the other. However, a little future-proofing is a good thing,
especially given that smp_mb__before_atomic() is only required to
provide acquire semantics rather than full ordering. This commit
therefore adds smp_mb__after_atomic() after the atomic_long_inc()
in sync_exp_work_done().

Reported-by: Dmitry Vyukov <>
Signed-off-by: Paul E. McKenney <>
kernel/rcu/tree_exp.h | 1 +
1 file changed, 1 insertion(+)

diff --git a/kernel/rcu/tree_exp.h b/kernel/rcu/tree_exp.h
index a7b639ccd46e..e0cafa5f3269 100644
--- a/kernel/rcu/tree_exp.h
+++ b/kernel/rcu/tree_exp.h
@@ -247,6 +247,7 @@ static bool sync_exp_work_done(struct rcu_state *rsp, atomic_long_t *stat,
/* Ensure test happens before caller kfree(). */
smp_mb__before_atomic(); /* ^^^ */
+ smp_mb__after_atomic(); /* ^^^ */
return true;
return false;
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