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Date:   Fri, 1 Jan 2021 09:03:11 +0000
From:   Gaoyan <>
To:     Greg KH <>
CC:     "" <>,
        "" <>,
        "" <>,
        "" <>,
        "" <>
Subject: Re: [PATCH] [v2]net:ppp: remove disc_data_lock in ppp line discipline

Hi Greg KH:

We have a potential race on dereferencing tty->disc_data, so we should use some locks to avoid the competition.
In the current version, it defines disc_data_lock to protect the race of ppp_asynctty_receive and ppp_asynctty_close.
However, I think when cpu A is running ppp_asynctty_receive, another cpu B will not run ppp_asynctty_close at the same time.
The reasons are as follows:

Cpu A will hold tty->ldisc_sem before running ppp_asynctty_receive. If cpu B wants to run ppp_asynctty_close, it must 
wait until cpu A release tty->ldisc_sem after ppp_asynctty_receive.

So I think tty->ldisc_sem already can protect the tty->disc_data.

About your question:
What changed from v1?
==>just change some description.
And how did you test this?  Why remove this lock, is it causing problems somewhere for it to be here?
==>Somedays ago, There is a problem in n_tty line discipline. Specific description is here:
At the beginning I tried to add a lock in the layer of n_tty, until I find the patch
About the patch, Specific description is here:

Gao Yan

----- Original mail -----

On Fri, Jan 01, 2021 at 11:37:18AM +0800, Gao Yan wrote:
> In tty layer, it provides tty->ldisc_sem to protect all tty_ldisc_ops 
> including ppp_sync_ldisc. So I think tty->ldisc_sem can also protect 
> tty->disc_data, and the disc_data_lock is not necessary.
> Signed-off-by: Gao Yan <>
> ---
>  drivers/net/ppp/ppp_async.c   | 11 ++---------
>  drivers/net/ppp/ppp_synctty.c | 12 ++----------
>  2 files changed, 4 insertions(+), 19 deletions(-)

What changed from v1?

And how did you test this?  Why remove this lock, is it causing problems somewhere for it to be here?


greg k-h

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