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Date:   Wed, 9 Jan 2019 14:42:27 -0800
From:   Sargun Dhillon <>
To:     LKML <>,
        Ingo Molnar <>,
        Peter Zijlstra <>,
        Tejun Heo <>,
        Peter Zijlstra <>,
        Gabriel Hartmann <>,
Subject: Re: Crash in list_add_leaf_cfs_rq due to bad tmp_alone_branch

On Wed, Jan 9, 2019 at 2:14 PM Sargun Dhillon <> wrote:
> I picked up c40f7d74c741a907cfaeb73a7697081881c497d0 sched/fair: Fix
> infinite loop in update_blocked_averages() by reverting a9e7f6544b9c
> and put it on top of 4.19.13. In addition to this, I uninlined
> list_add_leaf_cfs_rq for debugging.
> This revealed a new bug that we didn't get to because we kept getting
> crashes from the previous issue. When we are running with cgroups that
> are rapidly changing, with CFS bandwidth control, and in addition
> using the cpusets cgroup, we see this crash. Specifically, it seems to
> occur with cgroups that are throttled and we change the allowed
> cpuset.

This patch from Gabriel should fix the problem:

[PATCH] sched/fair: Reset tmp_alone_branch on cfs_rq delete

When a child cfs_rq is added to the leaf cfs_rq list before its parent
tmp_alone_branch is set to point to the child in preparation for the
parent being added.

If the child is deleted before the parent is added then tmp_alone_branch
points to a freed cfs_rq. Any future reference to tmp_alone_branch will
result in a use after free.

Signed-off-by: Gabriel Hartmann <>
Reported-by: Sargun Dhillon <>
 kernel/sched/fair.c | 5 +++++
 1 file changed, 5 insertions(+)

diff --git a/kernel/sched/fair.c b/kernel/sched/fair.c
index 7137bc343b4a..0987629cbb76 100644
--- a/kernel/sched/fair.c
+++ b/kernel/sched/fair.c
@@ -347,6 +347,11 @@ static inline void list_add_leaf_cfs_rq(struct
cfs_rq *cfs_rq)
 static inline void list_del_leaf_cfs_rq(struct cfs_rq *cfs_rq)
     if (cfs_rq->on_list) {
+        struct rq *rq = rq_of(cfs_rq);
+        if (rq->tmp_alone_branch == &cfs_rq->leaf_cfs_rq_list)
+            rq->tmp_alone_branch = &rq->leaf_cfs_rq_list;
         cfs_rq->on_list = 0;

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