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SubjectRe: possible deadlock in pipe_lock (2)
On Mon, Feb 11, 2019 at 1:06 PM Miklos Szeredi <miklos@szeredi.hu> wrote:
>
> On Mon, Feb 11, 2019 at 8:38 AM Amir Goldstein <amir73il@gmail.com> wrote:
> >
> > On Sun, Feb 10, 2019 at 8:23 PM syzbot
> > <syzbot+31d8b84465a7cbfd8515@syzkaller.appspotmail.com> wrote:
>
> > > -> #1 (&ovl_i_mutex_key[depth]){+.+.}:
> > > down_write+0x38/0x90 kernel/locking/rwsem.c:70
> > > inode_lock include/linux/fs.h:757 [inline]
> > > ovl_write_iter+0x148/0xc20 fs/overlayfs/file.c:231
> > > call_write_iter include/linux/fs.h:1863 [inline]
> > > new_sync_write fs/read_write.c:474 [inline]
> > > __vfs_write+0x613/0x8e0 fs/read_write.c:487
> > > kobject: 'loop4' (000000009e2b886d): kobject_uevent_env
> > > __kernel_write+0x110/0x3b0 fs/read_write.c:506
> > > write_pipe_buf+0x15d/0x1f0 fs/splice.c:797
> > > splice_from_pipe_feed fs/splice.c:503 [inline]
> > > __splice_from_pipe+0x39a/0x7e0 fs/splice.c:627
> > > splice_from_pipe+0x108/0x170 fs/splice.c:662
> > > default_file_splice_write+0x3c/0x90 fs/splice.c:809
>
> Irrelevant to the lockdep splat, but why isn't there an
> ovl_splice_write() that just recurses into realfile->splice_write()?
> Sounds like a much more efficient way to handle splice read and
> write...
>
> [...]
>
> > Miklos,
> >
> > Its good that this report popped up again, because I went to
> > look back at my notes from previous report [1].
> > If I was right in my previous analysis then we must have a real
> > deadlock in current "lazy copy up" WIP patches. Right?
>
> Hmm, AFAICS this circular dependency translated into layman's terms:
>
> pipe lock -> ovl inode lock (splice to ovl file)
>
> ovl inode lock -> upper freeze lock (truncate of ovl file)
>
> upper freeze lock -> pipe lock (splice to upper file)

So what can we do with this?

The "freeze lock -> inode lock" dependency is fixed. This is
reversed in overlay to "ovl inode lock -> upper freeze lock", which is
okay, because this is a nesting that cannot be reversed. But in
splice the pipe locks comes in between: "freeze lock -> pipe lock ->
inode lock" which breaks this nesting direction and creates a true
reverse dependency between ovl inode lock and upper freeze lock.

The only way I see this could be fixed is to move the freeze lock
inside the pipe lock. But that would mean splice/sendfile/etc could
be frozen with the pipe lock held. It doesn't look nice.

Any other ideas?

Thanks,
Miklos

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