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SubjectRe: [PATCH v7 03/15] s390/zcrypt: driver callback to indicate resource in use
On Wed, 15 Apr 2020 08:08:24 +0200
Harald Freudenberger <> wrote:

> On 14.04.20 14:58, Cornelia Huck wrote:
> > On Tue, 7 Apr 2020 15:20:03 -0400
> > Tony Krowiak <> wrote:

> >> + /* The non-default driver's module must be loaded */
> >> + if (!try_module_get(drv->owner))
> >> + return 0;
> > Is that really needed? I would have thought that the driver core's
> > klist usage would make sure that the callback would not be invoked for
> > drivers that are not registered anymore. Or am I missing a window?
> The try_module_get() and module_put() is a result of review feedback from
> my side. The ap bus core is static in the kernel whereas the
> vfio dd is a kernel module. So there may be a race condition between
> calling the callback function and removal of the vfio dd module.
> There is similar code in zcrypt_api which does the same for the zcrypt
> device drivers before using some variables or functions from the modules.
> Help me, it this is outdated code and there is no need to adjust the
> module reference counter any more, then I would be happy to remove
> this code :-)

I think the driver core already should keep us safe. A built-in bus
calling a driver in a module is a very common pattern, and I think
->owner was introduced exactly for that case.

Unless I'm really missing something obvious?

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