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SubjectRe: [PATCH 3.2 47/70] vmstat: allocate vmstat_wq before it is used
On Mon, Jan 18, 2016 at 03:18:35AM +0000, Ben Hutchings wrote:
> 3.2.76-rc1 review patch. If anyone has any objections, please let me know.
>
> ------------------
>
> From: Michal Hocko <mhocko@suse.com>
>
> commit 751e5f5c753e8d447bcf89f9e96b9616ac081628 upstream.
>
> kernel test robot has reported the following crash:
>
> BUG: unable to handle kernel NULL pointer dereference at 00000100
> IP: [<c1074df6>] __queue_work+0x26/0x390
> *pdpt = 0000000000000000 *pde = f000ff53f000ff53 *pde = f000ff53f000ff53
> Oops: 0000 [#1] PREEMPT PREEMPT SMP SMP
> CPU: 0 PID: 24 Comm: kworker/0:1 Not tainted 4.4.0-rc4-00139-g373ccbe #1
> Workqueue: events vmstat_shepherd
> task: cb684600 ti: cb7ba000 task.ti: cb7ba000
> EIP: 0060:[<c1074df6>] EFLAGS: 00010046 CPU: 0
> EIP is at __queue_work+0x26/0x390
> EAX: 00000046 EBX: cbb37800 ECX: cbb37800 EDX: 00000000
> ESI: 00000000 EDI: 00000000 EBP: cb7bbe68 ESP: cb7bbe38
> DS: 007b ES: 007b FS: 00d8 GS: 00e0 SS: 0068
> CR0: 8005003b CR2: 00000100 CR3: 01fd5000 CR4: 000006b0
> Stack:
> Call Trace:
> __queue_delayed_work+0xa1/0x160
> queue_delayed_work_on+0x36/0x60
> vmstat_shepherd+0xad/0xf0
> process_one_work+0x1aa/0x4c0
> worker_thread+0x41/0x440
> kthread+0xb0/0xd0
> ret_from_kernel_thread+0x21/0x40
>
> The reason is that start_shepherd_timer schedules the shepherd work item
> which uses vmstat_wq (vmstat_shepherd) before setup_vmstat allocates
> that workqueue so if the further initialization takes more than HZ we
> might end up scheduling on a NULL vmstat_wq. This is really unlikely
> but not impossible.
>
> Fixes: 373ccbe59270 ("mm, vmstat: allow WQ concurrency to discover memory reclaim doesn't make any progress")
> Reported-by: kernel test robot <ying.huang@linux.intel.com>
> Signed-off-by: Michal Hocko <mhocko@suse.com>
> Tested-by: Tetsuo Handa <penguin-kernel@i-love.sakura.ne.jp>
> Cc: Andrew Morton <akpm@linux-foundation.org>
> Signed-off-by: Linus Torvalds <torvalds@linux-foundation.org>
> [bwh: Backported to 3.2: This precise race condition doesn't exist, but there
> is a similar potential race with CPU hotplug. So move the alloc_workqueue()
> above register_cpu_notifier().]

FWIW, this looks correct to me and I'm queuing a similar fix for the
3.16 kernel as the race is similar.

Cheers,
--
Luís

> Signed-off-by: Ben Hutchings <ben@decadent.org.uk>
> ---
> mm/vmstat.c | 2 +-
> 1 file changed, 1 insertion(+), 1 deletion(-)
>
> --- a/mm/vmstat.c
> +++ b/mm/vmstat.c
> @@ -1203,9 +1203,10 @@ static int __init setup_vmstat(void)
> #ifdef CONFIG_SMP
> int cpu;
>
> + vmstat_wq = alloc_workqueue("vmstat", WQ_FREEZABLE|WQ_MEM_RECLAIM, 0);
> +
> register_cpu_notifier(&vmstat_notifier);
>
> - vmstat_wq = alloc_workqueue("vmstat", WQ_FREEZABLE|WQ_MEM_RECLAIM, 0);
> for_each_online_cpu(cpu)
> start_cpu_timer(cpu);
> #endif
>
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