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Date:	Sun, 5 Nov 2006 14:29:31 -0800 (PST)
From:	Linus Torvalds <>
To:	Oleg Nesterov <>
cc:	Thomas Gleixner <>,
	Steven Rostedt <>,
	Andrew Morton <>,
Subject: Re: PATCH? hrtimer_wakeup: fix a theoretical race wrt rt_mutex_slowlock()

On Sun, 5 Nov 2006, Oleg Nesterov wrote:
> When task->array != NULL, try_to_wake_up() just goes to "out_running" and sets
> task->state = TASK_RUNNING.
> In that case hrtimer_wakeup() does:
> 	timeout->task = NULL;		<----- [1]
> 	spin_lock(runqueues->lock);
> 	task->state = TASK_RUNNING;	<----- [2]
> from Documentation/memory-barriers.txt
> 	Memory operations that occur before a LOCK operation may appear to
> 	happen after it completes.
> This means that [2] may be completed before [1], and

Yes. On x86 (and x86-64) you'll never see this, because writes are always 
seen in order regardless, and in addition, the spin_lock is actually 
totally serializing anyway. On most other architectures, the spin_lock 
will serialize all the writes too, but it's not guaranteed, so in theory 
you're right. I suspect no actual architecture will do this, but hey, 
when talking memory ordering, safe is a lot better than sorry.

That said, since "task->state" in only tested _inside_ the runqueue lock, 
there is no race that I can see. Since we've gotten the runqueue lock in 
order to even check task-state, the processor that _sets_ task state must 
not only have done the "spin_lock()", it must also have done the 
"spin_unlock()", and _that_ will not allow either the timeout or the task 
state to haev leaked out from under it (because that would imply that the 
critical region leaked out too).

So I don't think the race exists anyway - the schedule() will return 
immediately (because it will see TASK_RUNNING), and we'll just retry.

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