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Date:   Mon, 10 Aug 2020 13:28:13 -0700
From:   "Paul E. McKenney" <paulmck@...nel.org>
To:     Joel Fernandes <joel@...lfernandes.org>
Cc:     Johan Knöös <jknoos@...gle.com>,
        Gregory Rose <gvrose8192@...il.com>, bugs@...nvswitch.org,
        Tonghao Zhang <xiangxia.m.yue@...il.com>,
        Netdev <netdev@...r.kernel.org>,
        "Uladzislau Rezki (Sony)" <urezki@...il.com>,
        rcu <rcu@...r.kernel.org>
Subject: Re: [ovs-discuss] Double free in recent kernels after memleak fix

On Mon, Aug 10, 2020 at 04:08:59PM -0400, Joel Fernandes wrote:
> On Fri, Aug 07, 2020 at 03:20:15PM -0700, Paul E. McKenney wrote:
> > On Fri, Aug 07, 2020 at 04:47:56PM -0400, Joel Fernandes wrote:
> > > Hi,
> > > Adding more of us working on RCU as well. Johan from another team at
> > > Google discovered a likely issue in openswitch, details below:
> > > 
> > > On Fri, Aug 7, 2020 at 11:32 AM Johan Knöös <jknoos@...gle.com> wrote:
> > > > On Tue, Aug 4, 2020 at 8:52 AM Gregory Rose <gvrose8192@...il.com> wrote:
> > > > > On 8/3/2020 12:01 PM, Johan Knöös via discuss wrote:
> > > > > > Hi Open vSwitch contributors,
> > > > > >
> > > > > > We have found openvswitch is causing double-freeing of memory. The
> > > > > > issue was not present in kernel version 5.5.17 but is present in
> > > > > > 5.6.14 and newer kernels.
> > > > > >
> > > > > > After reverting the RCU commits below for debugging, enabling
> > > > > > slub_debug, lockdep, and KASAN, we see the warnings at the end of this
> > > > > > email in the kernel log (the last one shows the double-free). When I
> > > > > > revert 50b0e61b32ee890a75b4377d5fbe770a86d6a4c1 ("net: openvswitch:
> > > > > > fix possible memleak on destroy flow-table"), the symptoms disappear.
> > > > > > While I have a reliable way to reproduce the issue, I unfortunately
> > > > > > don't yet have a process that's amenable to sharing. Please take a
> > > > > > look.
> > > > > >
> > > > > > 189a6883dcf7 rcu: Remove kfree_call_rcu_nobatch()
> > > > > > 77a40f97030b rcu: Remove kfree_rcu() special casing and lazy-callback handling
> > > > > > e99637becb2e rcu: Add support for debug_objects debugging for kfree_rcu()
> > > > > > 0392bebebf26 rcu: Add multiple in-flight batches of kfree_rcu() work
> > > > > > 569d767087ef rcu: Make kfree_rcu() use a non-atomic ->monitor_todo
> > > > > > a35d16905efc rcu: Add basic support for kfree_rcu() batching
> > > 
> > > Note that these reverts were only for testing the same code, because
> > > he was testing 2 different kernel versions. One of them did not have
> > > this set. So I asked him to revert. There's no known bug in the
> > > reverted code itself. But somehow these patches do make it harder for
> > > him to reproduce the issue.
> > 
> > Perhaps they adjust timing?
> 
> Yes that could be it. In my testing (which is unrelated to OVS), the issue
> happens only with TREE02. I can reproduce the issue in [1] on just boot-up of
> TREE02.
> 
> I could have screwed up something in my segcblist count patch, any hints
> would be great. I'll dig more into it as well.

Has anyone taken a close look at 50b0e61b32ee ("net: openvswitch: fix
possible memleak on destroy flow-table") commit?  Maybe it avoided the
memleak so thoroughly that it did a double free?

							Thanx, Paul

> > > But then again, I have not heard reports of this warning firing. Paul,
> > > has this come to your radar recently?
> > 
> > I have not seen any recent WARNs in rcu_do_batch().  I am guessing that
> > this is one of the last two in that function?
> > 
> > If so, have you tried using CONFIG_DEBUG_OBJECTS_RCU_HEAD=y?  That Kconfig
> > option is designed to help locate double frees via RCU.
> 
> Yes true, kfree_rcu() also has support for this. Jonathan, did you get a
> chance to try this out in your failure scenario?
> 
> thanks,
> 
>  - Joel
> 
> [1] https://lore.kernel.org/lkml/20200720005334.GC19262@shao2-debian/

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