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Date:   Sun, 28 Apr 2019 12:40:41 +0200
From:   Lukas Bulwahn <>
To:     Shaohua Li <>, Neil Brown <>,
        Arnd Bergmann <>,
        Himanshu Jha <>
        Lukas Bulwahn <>
Subject: [PATCH] md: properly lock and unlock in rdev_attr_store()

rdev_attr_store() should lock and unlock mddev->reconfig_mutex in a
balanced way with mddev_lock() and mddev_unlock().

But when rdev->mddev is NULL, rdev_attr_store() would try to unlock
without locking before. Resolve this locking issue..

This locking issue was detected with Clang Thread Safety Analyser:

drivers/md/md.c:3393:3: warning: releasing mutex 'mddev->reconfig_mutex' that was not held [-Wthread-safety-analysis]

This warning was reported after annotating mutex functions and
mddev_lock() and mddev_unlock().

Fixes: 27c529bb8e90 ("md: lock access to rdev attributes properly")
Signed-off-by: Lukas Bulwahn <>
Arnd, Neil, here a proposal to fix lock and unlocking asymmetry.

I quite sure that if mddev is NULL, it should just return.

I am still puzzled if the return value from mddev_lock() should be really
return by rdev_attr_store() when it is not 0. But that was the behaviour
before, so I will keep it that way.

 drivers/md/md.c | 4 +++-
 1 file changed, 3 insertions(+), 1 deletion(-)

diff --git a/drivers/md/md.c b/drivers/md/md.c
index 05ffffb8b769..a9735d8f1e70 100644
--- a/drivers/md/md.c
+++ b/drivers/md/md.c
@@ -3384,7 +3384,9 @@ rdev_attr_store(struct kobject *kobj, struct attribute *attr,
 		return -EIO;
 	if (!capable(CAP_SYS_ADMIN))
 		return -EACCES;
-	rv = mddev ? mddev_lock(mddev): -EBUSY;
+	if (!mddev)
+		return -EBUSY;
+	rv = mddev_lock(mddev);
 	if (!rv) {
 		if (rdev->mddev == NULL)
 			rv = -EBUSY;

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