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SubjectRe: [PATCH 02/12] locking/rwsem: Exit early when held by an anonymous owner
On 1/14/20 1:25 PM, Christoph Hellwig wrote:
> On Tue, Jan 14, 2020 at 01:17:45PM -0500, Waiman Long wrote:
>> The owner field is just a pointer to the task structure with the lower 3
>> bits served as flag bits. Setting owner to RWSEM_OWNER_UNKNOWN (-2) will
>> stop optimistic spinning. So under what condition did the crash happen?
> When running xfstests with all patches in this series except for this
> one, IIRC in generic/114.

Could you try the attached patch to see if it can fix the problem?


From 1fcfa946609b5e919a6b953a64be6853af5cdf05 Mon Sep 17 00:00:00 2001
From: Waiman Long <>
Date: Tue, 14 Jan 2020 13:39:02 -0500
Subject: [PATCH] locking/rwsem: Fix kernel crash when spinning on

The commit 91d2a812dfb9 ("locking/rwsem: Make handoff writer
optimistically spin on owner") will allow a recently woken up waiting
writer to spin on the owner. Unfortunately, if the owner happens to be
RWSEM_OWNER_UNKNOWN, the code will incorrectly spin on it leading to a
kernel crash. This is fixed by passing the proper non-spinnable bits
to rwsem_spin_on_owner() so that RWSEM_OWNER_UNKNOWN will be treated
as a non-spinnable target.

Fixes: 91d2a812dfb9 ("locking/rwsem: Make handoff writer optimistically spin on owner")

Reported-by: Christoph Hellwig <>
Signed-off-by: Waiman Long <>
kernel/locking/rwsem.c | 2 +-
1 file changed, 1 insertion(+), 1 deletion(-)

diff --git a/kernel/locking/rwsem.c b/kernel/locking/rwsem.c
index 44e68761f432..1dd3d53f43c3 100644
--- a/kernel/locking/rwsem.c
+++ b/kernel/locking/rwsem.c
@@ -1227,7 +1227,7 @@ rwsem_down_write_slowpath(struct rw_semaphore *sem, int state)
* without sleeping.
if ((wstate == WRITER_HANDOFF) &&
- (rwsem_spin_on_owner(sem, 0) == OWNER_NULL))
+ rwsem_spin_on_owner(sem, RWSEM_NONSPINNABLE) == OWNER_NULL)
goto trylock_again;

/* Block until there are no active lockers. */
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