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Date:   Mon, 23 Jan 2017 15:06:43 +0100
From:   Alexander Potapenko <>
Subject: [PATCH] block: Initialize cfqq->ioprio_class in cfq_get_queue()

KMSAN (KernelMemorySanitizer, a new error detection tool) reports use of
uninitialized memory in cfq_init_cfqq():

BUG: KMSAN: use of unitialized memory
Call Trace:
 [<     inline     >] __dump_stack lib/dump_stack.c:15
 [<ffffffff8202ac97>] dump_stack+0x157/0x1d0 lib/dump_stack.c:51
 [<ffffffff813e9b65>] kmsan_report+0x205/0x360 ??:?
 [<ffffffff813eabbb>] __msan_warning+0x5b/0xb0 ??:?
 [<     inline     >] cfq_init_cfqq block/cfq-iosched.c:3754
 [<ffffffff8201e110>] cfq_get_queue+0xc80/0x14d0 block/cfq-iosched.c:3857
 [<ffffffff8103ab37>] save_stack_trace+0x27/0x50 arch/x86/kernel/stacktrace.c:67
 [<ffffffff813e836b>] kmsan_internal_poison_shadow+0xab/0x150 ??:?
 [<ffffffff813e88ab>] kmsan_poison_slab+0xbb/0x120 ??:?
 [<     inline     >] allocate_slab mm/slub.c:1627
 [<ffffffff813e533f>] new_slab+0x3af/0x4b0 mm/slub.c:1641
 [<     inline     >] new_slab_objects mm/slub.c:2407
 [<ffffffff813e0ef3>] ___slab_alloc+0x323/0x4a0 mm/slub.c:2564
 [<     inline     >] __slab_alloc mm/slub.c:2606
 [<     inline     >] slab_alloc_node mm/slub.c:2669
 [<ffffffff813dfb42>] kmem_cache_alloc_node+0x1d2/0x1f0 mm/slub.c:2746
 [<ffffffff8201d90d>] cfq_get_queue+0x47d/0x14d0 block/cfq-iosched.c:3850
(the line numbers are relative to 4.8-rc6, but the bug persists

The uninitialized struct cfq_queue is created by kmem_cache_alloc_node()
and then passed to cfq_init_cfqq(), which accesses cfqq->ioprio_class
before it's initialized.

Signed-off-by: Alexander Potapenko <>
 block/cfq-iosched.c | 2 ++
 1 file changed, 2 insertions(+)

diff --git a/block/cfq-iosched.c b/block/cfq-iosched.c
index c73a6fcaeb9d..611061ae470a 100644
--- a/block/cfq-iosched.c
+++ b/block/cfq-iosched.c
@@ -3864,6 +3864,8 @@ cfq_get_queue(struct cfq_data *cfqd, bool is_sync, struct cfq_io_cq *cic,
 		goto out;
+	/* cfq_init_cfqq() assumes cfqq->ioprio_class is initialized. */
+	cfqq->ioprio_class = IOPRIO_CLASS_NONE;
 	cfq_init_cfqq(cfqd, cfqq, current->pid, is_sync);
 	cfq_init_prio_data(cfqq, cic);
 	cfq_link_cfqq_cfqg(cfqq, cfqg);

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