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Date:	Fri, 24 Jul 2015 17:41:58 +0300
From:	Eugene Shatokhin <>
To:	Oliver Neukum <>
Cc:	LKML <>,,
Subject: Re: Several races in "usbnet" module (kernel 4.1.x)

23.07.2015 12:15, Oliver Neukum пишет:
> On Wed, 2015-07-22 at 21:33 +0300, Eugene Shatokhin wrote:
>> The following part is not necessary, I think. usbnet_bh() does not
>> touch
>> EVENT_NO_RUNTIME_PM bit explicitly and these bit operations are
>> atomic
>> w.r.t. each other.
>>> +     mpn |= !test_and_clear_bit(EVENT_NO_RUNTIME_PM, &dev->flags);
>>> +     /* in case the bh reset a flag */
> Yes, they are atomic w.r.t. each other. And that limitation worries me.
> I am considering architectures which do atomic operations with
> spinlocks. And this code mixes another operation into it. Can
> this happen?
> CPU A				CPU B
> take lock
> read old value
> 				set value to 0
> clear bit
> write back changed value
> release lock

 From what I see now in Documentation/atomic_ops.txt, stores to the 
properly aligned memory locations are in fact atomic.

So, I think, the situation you described above cannot happen for 
dev->flags, which is good. No need to address that in the patch. The 
race might be harmless after all.

If I understand the code correctly now, dev->flags is set to 0 in 
usbnet_stop() so that the worker function (usbnet_deferred_kevent) would 
do nothing, should it start later. If so, how about adding memory 
barriers for all CPUs to see dev->flags is 0 before other things?

The patch could look like this then:

diff --git a/drivers/net/usb/usbnet.c b/drivers/net/usb/usbnet.c
index 3c86b10..d87b9c7 100644
--- a/drivers/net/usb/usbnet.c
+++ b/drivers/net/usb/usbnet.c
@@ -778,7 +778,7 @@ int usbnet_stop (struct net_device *net)
  	struct usbnet		*dev = netdev_priv(net);
  	struct driver_info	*info = dev->driver_info;
-	int			retval, pm;
+	int			retval, pm, mpn;

  	clear_bit(EVENT_DEV_OPEN, &dev->flags);
  	netif_stop_queue (net);
@@ -813,14 +813,17 @@ int usbnet_stop (struct net_device *net)
  	 * can't flush_scheduled_work() until we drop rtnl (later),
  	 * else workers could deadlock; so make workers a NOP.
+	mpn = !test_and_clear_bit(EVENT_NO_RUNTIME_PM, &dev->flags);
  	dev->flags = 0;
+	smp_mb(); /* make sure the workers see that dev->flags == 0 */
  	del_timer_sync (&dev->delay);
  	tasklet_kill (&dev->bh);
  	if (!pm)

-	if (info->manage_power &&
-	    !test_and_clear_bit(EVENT_NO_RUNTIME_PM, &dev->flags))
+	if (info->manage_power && mpn)
  		info->manage_power(dev, 0);
@@ -1078,6 +1081,9 @@ usbnet_deferred_kevent (struct work_struct *work)
  		container_of(work, struct usbnet, kevent);
  	int			status;

+	/* See the changes in dev->flags from other CPUs. */
+	smp_mb();
  	/* usb_clear_halt() needs a thread context */
  	if (test_bit (EVENT_TX_HALT, &dev->flags)) {
  		unlink_urbs (dev, &dev->txq);

What do you think?


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