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SubjectRe: [PATCH 3/3] spi: spi-axi: take extra controller reference before deregistration
On Mon, Oct 30, 2017 at 10:48:23AM +0100, Lars-Peter Clausen wrote:
> On 10/29/2017 12:56 PM, Johan Hovold wrote:
> > Take an extra reference to the controller to avoid use-after-free in
> > free_irq() which is called only after the controller has been
> > deregistered and freed.
> >
> > Note that this is not an issue for this particular driver which does not
> > use shared interrupts, but free_irq() could otherwise end up accessing
> > the freed controller when CONFIG_DEBUG_SHIRQ is set.
> Strictly speaking there is no guarantee that the IRQ handler does not run
> until free_irq() has been called. And since the SPI master is referenced in
> the IRQ handler there could be an use-after-free condition. So there is kind
> of a real issue here as well. But it should be really really hard to trigger
> it unless the hardware misbehaves.

You're right of course. Let me update the commit message in a v2 of the

> > Defer controller release until free_irq() returns to prevent this
> > from ever becoming an issue should this code be replicated in other
> > drivers.
> >
> > Cc: Lars-Peter Clausen <>
> > Signed-off-by: Johan Hovold <>
> Acked-by: Lars-Peter Clausen <>


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