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SubjectRe: [PATCH AUTOSEL 4.19 49/52] fs: stream_open - opener for stream-like files so that read and write can run simultaneously without deadlock
On Wed, Apr 24, 2019 at 10:39:07AM -0400, Sasha Levin wrote:
> From: Kirill Smelkov <>
> [ Upstream commit 10dce8af34226d90fa56746a934f8da5dcdba3df ]
> Commit 9c225f2655e3 ("vfs: atomic f_pos accesses as per POSIX") added
> locking for file.f_pos access and in particular made concurrent read and
> write not possible - now both those functions take f_pos lock for the
> whole run, and so if e.g. a read is blocked waiting for data, write will
> deadlock waiting for that read to complete.
> This caused regression for stream-like files where previously read and
> write could run simultaneously, but after that patch could not do so
> anymore. See e.g. commit 581d21a2d02a ("xenbus: fix deadlock on writes
> to /proc/xen/xenbus") which fixes such regression for particular case of
> /proc/xen/xenbus.
> The patch that added f_pos lock in 2014 did so to guarantee POSIX thread
> safety for read/write/lseek and added the locking to file descriptors of
> all regular files. In 2014 that thread-safety problem was not new as it
> was already discussed earlier in 2006.
> However even though 2006'th version of Linus's patch was adding f_pos
> locking "only for files that are marked seekable with FMODE_LSEEK (thus
> avoiding the stream-like objects like pipes and sockets)", the 2014
> version - the one that actually made it into the tree as 9c225f2655e3 -
> is doing so irregardless of whether a file is seekable or not.
> See
> for historic context.
> The reason that it did so is, probably, that there are many files that
> are marked non-seekable, but e.g. their read implementation actually
> depends on knowing current position to correctly handle the read. Some
> examples:
> kernel/power/user.c snapshot_read
> fs/debugfs/file.c u32_array_read
> fs/fuse/control.c fuse_conn_waiting_read + ...
> drivers/hwmon/asus_atk0110.c atk_debugfs_ggrp_read
> arch/s390/hypfs/inode.c hypfs_read_iter
> ...
> Despite that, many nonseekable_open users implement read and write with
> pure stream semantics - they don't depend on passed ppos at all. And for
> those cases where read could wait for something inside, it creates a
> situation similar to xenbus - the write could be never made to go until
> read is done, and read is waiting for some, potentially external, event,
> for potentially unbounded time -> deadlock.
> Besides xenbus, there are 14 such places in the kernel that I've found
> with semantic patch (see below):
> drivers/xen/evtchn.c:667:8-24: ERROR: evtchn_fops: .read() can deadlock .write()
> drivers/isdn/capi/capi.c:963:8-24: ERROR: capi_fops: .read() can deadlock .write()
> drivers/input/evdev.c:527:1-17: ERROR: evdev_fops: .read() can deadlock .write()
> drivers/char/pcmcia/cm4000_cs.c:1685:7-23: ERROR: cm4000_fops: .read() can deadlock .write()
> net/rfkill/core.c:1146:8-24: ERROR: rfkill_fops: .read() can deadlock .write()
> drivers/s390/char/fs3270.c:488:1-17: ERROR: fs3270_fops: .read() can deadlock .write()
> drivers/usb/misc/ldusb.c:310:1-17: ERROR: ld_usb_fops: .read() can deadlock .write()
> drivers/hid/uhid.c:635:1-17: ERROR: uhid_fops: .read() can deadlock .write()
> net/batman-adv/icmp_socket.c:80:1-17: ERROR: batadv_fops: .read() can deadlock .write()
> drivers/media/rc/lirc_dev.c:198:1-17: ERROR: lirc_fops: .read() can deadlock .write()
> drivers/leds/uleds.c:77:1-17: ERROR: uleds_fops: .read() can deadlock .write()
> drivers/input/misc/uinput.c:400:1-17: ERROR: uinput_fops: .read() can deadlock .write()
> drivers/infiniband/core/user_mad.c:985:7-23: ERROR: umad_fops: .read() can deadlock .write()
> drivers/gnss/core.c:45:1-17: ERROR: gnss_fops: .read() can deadlock .write()
> In addition to the cases above another regression caused by f_pos
> locking is that now FUSE filesystems that implement open with
> FOPEN_NONSEEKABLE flag, can no longer implement bidirectional
> stream-like files - for the same reason as above e.g. read can deadlock
> write locking on file.f_pos in the kernel.
> FUSE's FOPEN_NONSEEKABLE was added in 2008 in a7c1b990f715 ("fuse:
> implement nonseekable open") to support OSSPD. OSSPD implements /dev/dsp
> in userspace with FOPEN_NONSEEKABLE flag, with corresponding read and
> write routines not depending on current position at all, and with both
> read and write being potentially blocking operations:
> See
> Corresponding libfuse example/test also describes FOPEN_NONSEEKABLE as
> "somewhat pipe-like files ..." with read handler not using offset.
> However that test implements only read without write and cannot exercise
> the deadlock scenario:
> I've actually hit the read vs write deadlock for real while implementing
> my FUSE filesystem where there is /head/watch file, for which open
> creates separate bidirectional socket-like stream in between filesystem
> and its user with both read and write being later performed
> simultaneously. And there it is semantically not easy to split the
> stream into two separate read-only and write-only channels:
> Let's fix this regression. The plan is:
> 1. We can't change nonseekable_open to include &~FMODE_ATOMIC_POS -
> doing so would break many in-kernel nonseekable_open users which
> actually use ppos in read/write handlers.
> 2. Add stream_open() to kernel to open stream-like non-seekable file
> descriptors. Read and write on such file descriptors would never use
> nor change ppos. And with that property on stream-like files read and
> write will be running without taking f_pos lock - i.e. read and write
> could be running simultaneously.
> 3. With semantic patch search and convert to stream_open all in-kernel
> nonseekable_open users for which read and write actually do not
> depend on ppos and where there is no other methods in file_operations
> which assume @offset access.
> 4. Add FOPEN_STREAM to fs/fuse/ and open in-kernel file-descriptors via
> steam_open if that bit is present in filesystem open reply.
> It was tempting to change fs/fuse/ open handler to use stream_open
> instead of nonseekable_open on just FOPEN_NONSEEKABLE flags, but
> grepping through Debian codesearch shows users of FOPEN_NONSEEKABLE,
> and in particular GVFS which actually uses offset in its read and
> write handlers
> so if we would do such a change it will break a real user.
> 5. Add stream_open and FOPEN_STREAM handling to stable kernels starting
> from v3.14+ (the kernel where 9c225f2655 first appeared).
> This will allow to patch OSSPD and other FUSE filesystems that
> provide stream-like files to return FOPEN_STREAM | FOPEN_NONSEEKABLE
> in their open handler and this way avoid the deadlock on all kernel
> versions. This should work because fs/fuse/ ignores unknown open
> flags returned from a filesystem and so passing FOPEN_STREAM to a
> kernel that is not aware of this flag cannot hurt. In turn the kernel
> that is not aware of FOPEN_STREAM will be < v3.14 where just
> FOPEN_NONSEEKABLE is sufficient to implement streams without read vs
> write deadlock.
> This patch adds stream_open, converts /proc/xen/xenbus to it and adds
> semantic patch to automatically locate in-kernel places that are either
> required to be converted due to read vs write deadlock, or that are just
> safe to be converted because read and write do not use ppos and there
> are no other funky methods in file_operations.
> Regarding semantic patch I've verified each generated change manually -
> that it is correct to convert - and each other nonseekable_open instance
> left - that it is either not correct to convert there, or that it is not
> converted due to current stream_open.cocci limitations.
> The script also does not convert files that should be valid to convert,
> but that currently have .llseek = noop_llseek or generic_file_llseek for
> unknown reason despite file being opened with nonseekable_open (e.g.
> drivers/input/mousedev.c)
> Cc: Michael Kerrisk <>
> Cc: Yongzhi Pan <>
> Cc: Jonathan Corbet <>
> Cc: David Vrabel <>
> Cc: Juergen Gross <>
> Cc: Miklos Szeredi <>
> Cc: Tejun Heo <>
> Cc: Kirill Tkhai <>
> Cc: Arnd Bergmann <>
> Cc: Christoph Hellwig <>
> Cc: Greg Kroah-Hartman <>
> Cc: Julia Lawall <>
> Cc: Nikolaus Rath <>
> Cc: Han-Wen Nienhuys <>
> Signed-off-by: Kirill Smelkov <>
> Signed-off-by: Linus Torvalds <>
> Signed-off-by: Sasha Levin <>
> ---
> drivers/xen/xenbus/xenbus_dev_frontend.c | 4 +-
> fs/open.c | 18 ++
> fs/read_write.c | 5 +-
> include/linux/fs.h | 4 +
> scripts/coccinelle/api/stream_open.cocci | 363 +++++++++++++++++++++++
> 5 files changed, 389 insertions(+), 5 deletions(-)
> create mode 100644 scripts/coccinelle/api/stream_open.cocci

Same comment as on the 5.0 patch, I think this should be dropped from
the autosel queue.


greg k-h

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