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Date:	Sun, 05 Nov 2006 02:04:48 +0100
From:	Christophe Saout <>
Cc:	NFS V4 Mailing List <>,
	Trond Myklebust <>,
	"J. Bruce Fields" <>,
	Olaf Kirch <>
Subject: [PATCH] Fix SUNRPC wakeup/execute race condition

The sunrpc scheduler contains a race condition that can let an RPC
task end up being neither running nor on any wait queue. The race takes
place between rpc_make_runnable (called from rpc_wake_up_task) and
__rpc_execute under the following condition:

First __rpc_execute calls tk_action which puts the task on some wait
queue. The task is dequeued by another process before __rpc_execute
continues its execution. While executing rpc_make_runnable exactly after
setting the task `running' bit and before clearing the `queued' bit
__rpc_execute picks up execution, clears `running' and subsequently
both functions fall through, both under the false assumption somebody
else took the job.

Swapping rpc_test_and_set_running with rpc_clear_queued in
rpc_make_runnable fixes that hole. The reordering hopefully doesn't
introduce some new race condition, in fact the only possible one is
already correctly detected and handled in __rpc_execute.

Bug noticed on a 4-way x86_64 system under XEN with an NFSv4 server
on the same physical machine, apparently one of the few ways to hit
this race condition at all.

Cc: Trond Myklebust <>
Cc: J. Bruce Fields <>
Cc: Olaf Kirch <>
Signed-off-by: Christophe Saout <>

--- linux-2.6.18/net/sunrpc/sched.c	2006-09-20 05:42:06.000000000 +0200
+++ linux/net/sunrpc/sched.c	2006-11-04 20:38:56.000000000 +0100
@@ -302,12 +302,9 @@ EXPORT_SYMBOL(__rpc_wait_for_completion_
 static void rpc_make_runnable(struct rpc_task *task)
-	int do_ret;
-	do_ret = rpc_test_and_set_running(task);
-	if (do_ret)
+	if (rpc_test_and_set_running(task))
 	if (RPC_IS_ASYNC(task)) {
 		int status;

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