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Date:	Sat, 02 Mar 2013 21:32:14 -0800
From:	Davidlohr Bueso <davidlohr.bueso@...com>
To:	Linus Torvalds <torvalds@...ux-foundation.org>
Cc:	Emmanuel Benisty <benisty.e@...il.com>,
	Rik van Riel <riel@...hat.com>,
	"Vinod, Chegu" <chegu_vinod@...com>,
	"Low, Jason" <jason.low2@...com>,
	linux-tip-commits@...r.kernel.org,
	Peter Zijlstra <a.p.zijlstra@...llo.nl>,
	"H. Peter Anvin" <hpa@...or.com>,
	Andrew Morton <akpm@...ux-foundation.org>, aquini@...hat.com,
	Michel Lespinasse <walken@...gle.com>,
	Ingo Molnar <mingo@...nel.org>,
	Larry Woodman <lwoodman@...hat.com>,
	Linux Kernel Mailing List <linux-kernel@...r.kernel.org>,
	Steven Rostedt <rostedt@...dmis.org>,
	Thomas Gleixner <tglx@...utronix.de>
Subject: Re: [RFC PATCH 1/2] ipc: introduce obtaining a lockless ipc object

On Sat, 2013-03-02 at 13:24 -0800, Linus Torvalds wrote:
> On Fri, Mar 1, 2013 at 4:16 PM, Davidlohr Bueso <davidlohr.bueso@...com> wrote:
> > @@ -784,7 +806,7 @@ struct kern_ipc_perm *ipcctl_pre_down(struct ipc_namespace *ns,
> >         int err;
> >
> >         down_write(&ids->rw_mutex);
> > -       ipcp = ipc_lock_check(ids, id);
> > +       ipcp = ipc_obtain_object_check(ids, id);
> >         if (IS_ERR(ipcp)) {
> >                 err = PTR_ERR(ipcp);
> >                 goto out_up;
> > @@ -801,7 +823,7 @@ struct kern_ipc_perm *ipcctl_pre_down(struct ipc_namespace *ns,
> >                 return ipcp;
> >
> >         err = -EPERM;
> > -       ipc_unlock(ipcp);
> > +       rcu_read_unlock();
> >  out_up:
> >         up_write(&ids->rw_mutex);
> >         return ERR_PTR(err);
> 
> Uhhuh. This is very buggy, and I think it's the reason for the later
> bugs that Emmanuel reported.

Yes, quite buggy. I was able to mess up three different machines with
this, and since semaphores aren't the only users of ipcctl_pre_down(),
it could explain the sys_shmctl() call in the trace Emmanuel reported. 

> 
> In particular, the *non-error* case is buggy, where it in the middle
> of the function does
> 
>     return ipcp;
> 
> for a successful lookup.
> 
> It used to return a locked ipcp, now it no longer does. And you didn't
> change any of the callers, which still do the "ipc_unlock()" at the
> end.  So all the locking gets completely confused.
> 

After updating the callers, [msgctl, semctl, shmctl]_down, to acquire
the lock for IPC_RMID and IPC_SET commands, I'm no longer seeing these
issues - so far on my regular laptop and two big boxes running my Oracle
benchmarks for a few hours. Something like below (yes, I will address
the open coded spin_lock calls):

@@ -1101,16 +1138,20 @@ static int semctl_down(struct ipc_namespace *ns, int semid,
 
        switch(cmd){
        case IPC_RMID:
+               spin_lock(&sma->sem_perm.lock);
                freeary(ns, ipcp);
                goto out_up;
        case IPC_SET:
+               spin_lock(&sma->sem_perm.lock);
                err = ipc_update_perm(&semid64.sem_perm, ipcp);
                if (err)
                        goto out_unlock;
                sma->sem_ctime = get_seconds();
                break;
        default:
+               rcu_read_unlock();
                err = -EINVAL;
+               goto out_up;
        }

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