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SubjectRe: possible deadlock in pipe_lock (2)
On Mon, Feb 11, 2019 at 4:33 PM Miklos Szeredi <miklos@szeredi.hu> wrote:
>
> On Mon, Feb 11, 2019 at 2:08 PM Amir Goldstein <amir73il@gmail.com> wrote:
> >
> > On Mon, Feb 11, 2019 at 2:37 PM Miklos Szeredi <miklos@szeredi.hu> wrote:
> > >
> > > 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?
> > >
> >
> > [CC Jan]
> >
> > I think we are allowed to file_start_write_trylock(upper)
> > before ovl_inode_lock(). This in ONLY needed to cover the corner
> > case of upper being frozen in between "upper freeze lock -> pipe lock"
> > and thread B being in between "ovl inode lock -> upper freeze lock".
> > Is it OK to return a transient error in this corner copy up case?
>
> This case shouldn't happen assuming adherence to the "upper shall not
> be modified while part of the overlay" rule.
>

Right. And unfreezing upper should untangle this deadlock,
because both thread A and B are taking a shared sb_writers lock.

> Side note: I don't see that it has anything to do with copy-up, but I
> may be missing something.
>

You are right. I was confusing your "ovl inode lock" with ovl_inode_lock(),
but the latter is taken after upper freeze lock, so irrelevant.

> My other thought is that perhaps sb_start_write() should invoke
> s_ops->start_write() so that overlay can do the freeze protection on
> the upper early.
>

Sorry, I don't see how that solves anything expect for the lockdep
warning. In both cases threads A and B would block until upper
in unfrozen, only without a lockdep warning.
Also, I am quite sure that taking upper freeze lock early will generate
many new lockdep warnings.

And yes, I could be missing something...

Anyway, what about the recursive do_splice_direct() issue
with lazy copy up, do you have an easy solution for that?

Thanks,
Amir.

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