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Date:   Tue, 15 Dec 2020 10:23:13 +0000
From:   Charles Keepax <>
To:     Thomas Hebb <>
CC:     <>, Mark Brown <>,
        <>, Takashi Iwai <>,
        <>, Liam Girdwood <>
Subject: Re: [PATCH] ASoC: dapm: remove widget from dirty list on free

On Sat, Dec 12, 2020 at 05:20:12PM -0800, Thomas Hebb wrote:
> A widget's "dirty" list_head, much like its "list" list_head, eventually
> chains back to a list_head on the snd_soc_card itself. This means that
> the list can stick around even after the widget (or all widgets) have
> been freed. Currently, however, widgets that are in the dirty list when
> freed remain there, corrupting the entire list and leading to memory
> errors and undefined behavior when the list is next accessed or
> modified.
> I encountered this issue when a component failed to probe relatively
> late in snd_soc_bind_card(), causing it to bail out and call
> soc_cleanup_card_resources(), which eventually called
> snd_soc_dapm_free() with widgets that were still dirty from when they'd
> been added.
> Fixes: db432b414e20 ("ASoC: Do DAPM power checks only for widgets changed since last run")
> Cc:
> Signed-off-by: Thomas Hebb <>
> ---
>  sound/soc/soc-dapm.c | 1 +
>  1 file changed, 1 insertion(+)
> diff --git a/sound/soc/soc-dapm.c b/sound/soc/soc-dapm.c
> index 7f87b449f950..148c095df27b 100644
> --- a/sound/soc/soc-dapm.c
> +++ b/sound/soc/soc-dapm.c
> @@ -2486,6 +2486,7 @@ void snd_soc_dapm_free_widget(struct snd_soc_dapm_widget *w)
>  	enum snd_soc_dapm_direction dir;
>  	list_del(&w->list);
> +	list_del(&w->dirty);

I can't help but wonder if we should be taking the DAPM lock for
snd_soc_dapm_free_widgets. However your patch doesn't look like it
is making that any more scary and looks like we should be making
sure we remove the widget from the dirty list.

Reviewed-by: Charles Keepax <>


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