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Date:	Tue, 17 Jun 2014 09:58:07 +0200 (CEST)
From:	Jiri Kosina <>
To:	Dan Carpenter <>
cc:	Linus Torvalds <>,
	"Paul E. McKenney" <>,
	Peter Zijlstra <>,
	Andrew Morton <>,
	Martin Jambor <>, Petr Mladek <>,,,
Subject: Re: [PATCH] tell gcc optimizer to never introduce new data races

On Mon, 16 Jun 2014, Dan Carpenter wrote:

> Adding "--param allow-store-data-races=0" to the GCC options for the
> kernel breaks C=1 because Sparse isn't expecting a GCC option with that
> format.
> It thinks allow-store-data-races=0 is the name of the file we are trying
> to test.  Try use Sparse on linux-next to see the problem.

Alright, no word from gcc folks, so let's hope the undocumented format of 
the parameter works better ... sigh.

Andrew, please use the updated one below.

From: Jiri Kosina <>
Subject: [PATCH] ./Makefile: tell gcc optimizer to never introduce new data races

We have been chasing a memory corruption bug, which turned out to be
caused by very old gcc (4.3.4), which happily turned conditional load into
a non-conditional one, and that broke correctness (the condition was met
only if lock was held) and corrupted memory.

This particular problem with that particular code did not happen when
never gccs were used. I've brought this up with our gcc folks, as I wanted
to make sure that this can't really happen again, and it turns out it
actually can.

Quoting Martin Jambor <>:

More current GCCs are more careful when it comes to replacing a
conditional load with a non-conditional one, most notably they check
that a store happens in each iteration of _a_ loop but they assume
loops are executed.  They also perform a simple check whether the
store cannot trap which currently passes only for non-const
variables.  A simple testcase demonstrating it on an x86_64 is for
example the following:

$ cat cond_store.c

int g_1 = 1;

int g_2[1024] __attribute__((section ("safe_section"), aligned (4096)));

int c = 4;

int __attribute__ ((noinline))
foo (void)
  int l;
  for (l = 0; (l != 4); l++) {
    if (g_1)
      return l;
    for (g_2[0] = 0; (g_2[0] >= 26); ++g_2[0])
  return 2;

int main (int argc, char* argv[])
  if (mprotect (g_2, sizeof(g_2), PROT_READ) == -1)
      int e = errno;
      error (e, e, "mprotect error %i", e);
  foo ();
  return 0;
/* EOF */
$ ~/gcc/trunk/inst/bin/gcc cond_store.c -O2 --param allow-store-data-races=0
$ ./a.out
$ ~/gcc/trunk/inst/bin/gcc cond_store.c -O2 --param allow-store-data-races=1
$ ./a.out
Segmentation fault

The testcase fails the same at least with 4.9, 4.8 and 4.7.  Therefore
I would suggest building kernels with this parameter set to zero. I
also agree with Jikos that the default should be changed for -O2.  I
have run most of the SPEC 2k6 CPU benchmarks (gamess and dealII
failed, at -O2, not sure why) compiled with and without this option
and did not see any real difference between respective run-times.

Hopefully the default will be changed in newer gccs, but let's force
it for kernel builds so that we are on a safe side even when older
gcc are used.

The code in question was out-of-tree printk-in-NMI (yeah, surprise
suprise, once again) patch written by Petr Mladek, let me quote his
comment from our internal bugzilla:

I have spent few days investigating inconsistent state of kernel ring buffer.
It went out that it was caused by speculative store generated by

The problem is in assembly generated for make_free_space(). The functions is
called the following way:

+ vprintk_emit();
    + log = MAIN_LOG; // with logbuf_lock
       log = NMI_LOG; // with nmi_logbuf_lock
       cont_add(log, ...);
        + cont_flush(log, ...);
            + log_store(log, ...);
                  + log_make_free_space(log, ...);

If called with log = NMI_LOG then only nmi_log_* global variables are safe to
modify but the generated code does store also into (main_)log_* global

       55                      push   %rbp
       89 f6                   mov    %esi,%esi

       48 8b 05 03 99 51 01    mov    0x1519903(%rip),%rax       # ffffffff82620868 <nmi_log_next_id>
       44 8b 1d ec 98 51 01    mov    0x15198ec(%rip),%r11d      # ffffffff82620858 <log_next_idx>
       8b 35 36 60 14 01       mov    0x1146036(%rip),%esi       # ffffffff8224cfa8 <log_buf_len>
       44 8b 35 33 60 14 01    mov    0x1146033(%rip),%r14d      # ffffffff8224cfac <nmi_log_buf_len>
       4c 8b 2d d0 98 51 01    mov    0x15198d0(%rip),%r13       # ffffffff82620850 <log_next_seq>
       4c 8b 25 11 61 14 01    mov    0x1146111(%rip),%r12       # ffffffff8224d098 <log_buf>
       49 89 c2                mov    %rax,%r10
       48 21 c2                and    %rax,%rdx
       48 8b 1d 0c 99 55 01    mov    0x155990c(%rip),%rbx       # ffffffff826608a0 <nmi_log_buf>
       49 c1 ea 20             shr    $0x20,%r10
       48 89 55 d0             mov    %rdx,-0x30(%rbp)
       44 29 de                sub    %r11d,%esi
       45 29 d6                sub    %r10d,%r14d
       4c 8b 0d 97 98 51 01    mov    0x1519897(%rip),%r9	# ffffffff82620840 <log_first_seq>
       eb 7e                   jmp    ffffffff81107029	<log_make_free_space+0xe9>
       85 ff                   test   %edi,%edi                  # edi = 1 for NMI_LOG
       4c 89 e8                mov    %r13,%rax
       4c 89 ca                mov    %r9,%rdx
       74 0a                   je     ffffffff8110703d	<log_make_free_space+0xfd>
       8b 15 27 98 51 01       mov    0x1519827(%rip),%edx       # ffffffff82620860 <nmi_log_first_id>
       48 8b 45 d0             mov    -0x30(%rbp),%rax
       48 39 c2                cmp    %rax,%rdx                  # end of loop
       0f 84 da 00 00 00       je     ffffffff81107120 <log_make_free_space+0x1e0>
       85 ff                   test   %edi,%edi                  # edi = 1 for NMI_LOG
       4c 89 0d 17 97 51 01    mov    %r9,0x1519717(%rip)        # ffffffff82620840 <log_first_seq>
       74 35                   je     ffffffff81107160		 <log_make_free_space+0x220>

It stores log_first_seq when edi == NMI_LOG. This instructions are used also
when edi == MAIN_LOG but the store is done speculatively before the condition
is decided.  It is unsafe because we do not have "logbuf_lock" in NMI context
and some other process migh modify "log_first_seq" in parallel.

I believe that the best course of action is both

- building kernel (and anything multi-threaded, I guess) with that
  optimization turned off
- persuade gcc folks to change the default for future releases

Signed-off-by: Jiri Kosina <>
Cc: Martin Jambor <>
Cc: Petr Mladek <>
Cc: Linus Torvalds <>
Cc: Paul E. McKenney <>
Cc: Peter Zijlstra <>
Cc: Marek Polacek <>
Cc: Jakub Jelinek <>
Cc: Steven Noonan <>
Cc: Richard Biener <>
 Makefile | 3 +++
 1 file changed, 3 insertions(+)

diff --git a/Makefile b/Makefile
index 00a933b..255e56d 100644
--- a/Makefile
+++ b/Makefile
@@ -587,6 +587,9 @@ endif
 include $(srctree)/arch/$(SRCARCH)/Makefile
+# Tell gcc to never replace conditional load with a non-conditional one
+KBUILD_CFLAGS	+= $(call cc-option,--param=allow-store-data-races=0)
 # Disable optimizations that make assembler listings hard to read.
 # reorder blocks reorders the control in the function

Jiri Kosina
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