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Date:   Thu, 09 Mar 2017 18:25:04 -0800 (PST)
From:   David Miller <>
Subject: Re: [PATCH net] net: Work around lockdep limitation in sockets
 that use sockets

From: David Howells <>
Date: Thu, 09 Mar 2017 08:09:05 +0000

> Lockdep issues a circular dependency warning when AFS issues an operation
> through AF_RXRPC from a context in which the VFS/VM holds the mmap_sem.
> The theory lockdep comes up with is as follows:
> However, lockdep's theory is wrong in this instance because it deals only
> with lock classes and not individual locks.  The AF_INET lock in (2) isn't
> really equivalent to the AF_INET lock in (3) as the former deals with a
> socket entirely internal to the kernel that never sees userspace.  This is
> a limitation in the design of lockdep.
> Fix the general case by:
>  (1) Double up all the locking keys used in sockets so that one set are
>      used if the socket is created by userspace and the other set is used
>      if the socket is created by the kernel.
>  (2) Store the kern parameter passed to sk_alloc() in a variable in the
>      sock struct (sk_kern_sock).  This informs sock_lock_init(),
>      sock_init_data() and sk_clone_lock() as to the lock keys to be used.
>      Note that the child created by sk_clone_lock() inherits the parent's
>      kern setting.
>  (3) Add a 'kern' parameter to ->accept() that is analogous to the one
>      passed in to ->create() that distinguishes whether kernel_accept() or
>      sys_accept4() was the caller and can be passed to sk_alloc().
>      Note that a lot of accept functions merely dequeue an already
>      allocated socket.  I haven't touched these as the new socket already
>      exists before we get the parameter.
>      Note also that there are a couple of places where I've made the accepted
>      socket unconditionally kernel-based:
> 	irda_accept()
> 	rds_rcp_accept_one()
> 	tcp_accept_from_sock()
>      because they follow a sock_create_kern() and accept off of that.
> Whilst creating this, I noticed that lustre and ocfs don't create sockets
> through sock_create_kern() and thus they aren't marked as for-kernel,
> though they appear to be internal.  I wonder if these should do that so
> that they use the new set of lock keys.
> Signed-off-by: David Howells <>

Applied, thanks David.

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