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Subject[PATCH 02/12] locking/rwsem: Exit early when held by an anonymous owner
The rwsem code overloads the owner field with either a task struct or
negative magic numbers. Add a quick hack to catch these negative
values early on. Without this spinning on a writer that replaced the
owner with RWSEM_OWNER_UNKNOWN, rwsem_spin_on_owner can crash while
deferencing the task_struct ->on_cpu field of a -8 value.

XXX: This might be a bit of a hack as the code otherwise doesn't use
the ERR_PTR family macros, better suggestions welcome.

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

diff --git a/kernel/locking/rwsem.c b/kernel/locking/rwsem.c
index 44e68761f432..6adc719a30a1 100644
--- a/kernel/locking/rwsem.c
+++ b/kernel/locking/rwsem.c
@@ -725,6 +725,8 @@ rwsem_spin_on_owner(struct rw_semaphore *sem, unsigned long nonspinnable)
state = rwsem_owner_state(owner, flags, nonspinnable);
if (state != OWNER_WRITER)
return state;
+ if (IS_ERR(owner))
+ return state;

for (;;) {
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