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SubjectRe: [PATCH 01/13] blkcg: fix ref count issue with bio_blkcg() using task_css
On Mon, Nov 26, 2018 at 04:19:34PM -0500, Dennis Zhou wrote:
> The bio_blkcg() function turns out to be inconsistent and consequently
> dangerous to use. The first part returns a blkcg where a reference is
> owned by the bio meaning it does not need to be rcu protected. However,
> the third case, the last line, is problematic:
> return css_to_blkcg(task_css(current, io_cgrp_id));
> This can race against task migration and the cgroup dying. It is also
> semantically different as it must be called rcu protected and is
> susceptible to failure when trying to get a reference to it.
> This patch adds association ahead of calling bio_blkcg() rather than
> after. This makes association a required and explicit step along the
> code paths for calling bio_blkcg(). In blk-iolatency, association is
> moved above the bio_blkcg() call to ensure it will not return %NULL.
> BFQ uses the old bio_blkcg() function, but I do not want to address it
> in this series due to the complexity. I have created a private version
> documenting the inconsistency and noting not to use it.
> Signed-off-by: Dennis Zhou <>
> Acked-by: Tejun Heo <>

Reviewed-by: Josef Bacik <>



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