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SubjectRe: dm ioctl: fix hang in early create error condition
On Wed, May 15 2019 at 12:12pm -0400,
Helen Koike <helen.koike@collabora.com> wrote:

> Hi,
>
> On 5/13/19 10:37 PM, Mike Snitzer wrote:
> > On Mon, May 13 2019 at 3:25P -0400,
> > Helen Koike <helen.koike@collabora.com> wrote:
> >
> >> The dm_early_create() function (which deals with "dm-mod.create=" kernel
> >> command line option) calls dm_hash_insert() who gets an extra reference
> >> to the md object.
> >>
> >> In case of failure, this reference wasn't being released, causing
> >> dm_destroy() to hang, thus hanging the whole boot process.
> >>
> >> Fix this by calling __hash_remove() in the error path.
> >>
> >> Fixes: 6bbc923dfcf57d ("dm: add support to directly boot to a mapped device")
> >> Cc: stable@vger.kernel.org
> >> Signed-off-by: Helen Koike <helen.koike@collabora.com>
> >>
> >> ---
> >> Hi,
> >>
> >> I tested this patch by adding a new test case in the following test
> >> script:
> >>
> >> https://gitlab.collabora.com/koike/dm-cmdline-test/commit/d2d7a0ee4a49931cdb59f08a837b516c2d5d743d
> >>
> >> This test was failing, but with this patch it works correctly.
> >>
> >> Thanks
> >> Helen
> >
> > Thanks for the patch but I'd prefer the following simpler fix. What do
> > you think?
> >
> > That said, I can provide a follow-on patch (inspired by the patch you
> > provided) that encourages more code sharing between dm_early_create()
> > and dev_create() by factoring out __dev_create().
>
> Sounds great.
>
> >
> > diff --git a/drivers/md/dm-ioctl.c b/drivers/md/dm-ioctl.c
> > index c740153b4e52..0eb0b462c736 100644
> > --- a/drivers/md/dm-ioctl.c
> > +++ b/drivers/md/dm-ioctl.c
> > @@ -2117,6 +2117,7 @@ int __init dm_early_create(struct dm_ioctl *dmi,
> > err_destroy_table:
> > dm_table_destroy(t);
> > err_destroy_dm:
> > + (void) __hash_remove(__find_device_hash_cell(dmi));
> > dm_put(md);
> > dm_destroy(md);
> > return r;
> >
>
> This doesn't really work for two reasons:
>
> 1) __find_device_hash_cell() requires a mutual exclusivity between name,
> uuid and dev. In dm_early_create(), dmi can have more then one of these.

__find_device_hash_cell's exclusivity requirements are strange; I'll try
to understand what requires this.

> 2) I can fix (1) by calling __get_name_cell(), as the name is mandatory
> anyway, but this function also grabs another reference to the md object,
> so I need to add an extra dm_put(md) there:
>
> err_destroy_table:
> dm_table_destroy(t);
> +err_hash_remove:
> + (void) __hash_remove(__get_name_cell(dmi->name));
> + dm_put(md);
> err_destroy_dm:
> dm_put(md);
> dm_destroy(md);
>
>
> What do you think? Is this ok?

I think so. Please submit a v2 and I'll rebase my followon patch
accordingly and will get it posted.

Thanks,
Mike

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