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Date:   Thu, 24 Sep 2020 14:35:55 +1000
From:   Herbert Xu <>
To:     syzbot <>
        Peter Zijlstra <>,
        Ingo Molnar <>, Will Deacon <>
Subject: Re: possible deadlock in xfrm_policy_delete

On Sun, Sep 20, 2020 at 01:22:14PM -0700, syzbot wrote:
> Hello,
> syzbot found the following issue on:
> HEAD commit:    5fa35f24 Add linux-next specific files for 20200916
> git tree:       linux-next
> console output:
> kernel config:
> dashboard link:
> compiler:       gcc (GCC) 10.1.0-syz 20200507
> Unfortunately, I don't have any reproducer for this issue yet.
> IMPORTANT: if you fix the issue, please add the following tag to the commit:
> Reported-by:
> =====================================================
> WARNING: SOFTIRQ-safe -> SOFTIRQ-unsafe lock order detected
> 5.9.0-rc5-next-20200916-syzkaller #0 Not tainted
> -----------------------------------------------------
> syz-executor.1/13775 [HC0[0]:SC0[4]:HE1:SE0] is trying to acquire:
> ffff88805ee15a58 (&net->xfrm.xfrm_policy_lock){+...}-{2:2}, at: spin_lock_bh include/linux/spinlock.h:359 [inline]
> ffff88805ee15a58 (&net->xfrm.xfrm_policy_lock){+...}-{2:2}, at: xfrm_policy_delete+0x3a/0x90 net/xfrm/xfrm_policy.c:2236
> and this task is already holding:
> ffff8880a811b1e0 (k-slock-AF_INET6){+.-.}-{2:2}, at: spin_lock include/linux/spinlock.h:354 [inline]
> ffff8880a811b1e0 (k-slock-AF_INET6){+.-.}-{2:2}, at: tcp_close+0x6e3/0x1200 net/ipv4/tcp.c:2503
> which would create a new lock dependency:
>  (k-slock-AF_INET6){+.-.}-{2:2} -> (&net->xfrm.xfrm_policy_lock){+...}-{2:2}
> but this new dependency connects a SOFTIRQ-irq-safe lock:
>  (k-slock-AF_INET6){+.-.}-{2:2}
> ... which became SOFTIRQ-irq-safe at:
>   lock_acquire+0x1f2/0xaa0 kernel/locking/lockdep.c:5398
>   __raw_spin_lock include/linux/spinlock_api_smp.h:142 [inline]
>   _raw_spin_lock+0x2a/0x40 kernel/locking/spinlock.c:151
>   spin_lock include/linux/spinlock.h:354 [inline]
>   sctp_rcv+0xd96/0x2d50 net/sctp/input.c:231

What's going on with all these bogus lockdep reports?

These are two completely different locks, one is for TCP and the
other is for SCTP.  Why is lockdep suddenly beoming confused about

FWIW this flood of bogus reports started on 16/Sep.

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