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SubjectRe: [PATCH] kfifo: add memory barrier in kfifo to prevent data loss
On Tue, Dec 11, 2018 at 04:50:34PM -0800, Kees Cook wrote:
> On Mon, Dec 10, 2018 at 7:41 PM <yulei.kernel@gmail.com> wrote:
> >
> > From: Yulei Zhang <yuleixzhang@tencent.com>
> >
> > Early this year we spot there may be two issues in kernel
> > kfifo.
> >
> > One is reported by Xiao Guangrong to linux kernel.
> > https://lkml.org/lkml/2018/5/11/58
> > In current kfifo implementation there are missing memory
> > barrier in the read side, so that without proper barrier
> > between reading the kfifo->in and fetching the data there
> > is potential ordering issue.
> >
> > Beside that, there is another potential issue in kfifo,
> > please consider the following case:
> > at the beginning
> > ring->size = 4
> > ring->out = 0
> > ring->in = 4
> >
> > Consumer Producer
> > --------------- --------------
> > index = ring->out; /* index == 0 */
> > ring->out++; /* ring->out == 1 */
> > < Re-Order >
> > out = ring->out;
> > if (ring->in - out >= ring->mask)
> > return -EFULL;
> > /* see the ring is not full */
> > index = ring->in & ring->mask;
> > /* index == 0 */
> > ring->data[index] = new_data;
> >                  ring->in++;
> >
> > data = ring->data[index];
> > /* you will find the old data is overwritten by the new_data */
> >
> > In order to avoid the issue:
> > 1) for the consumer, we should read the ring->data[] out before
> > updating ring->out
> > 2) for the producer, we should read ring->out before updating
> > ring->data[]
> >
> > So in this patch we introduce the following four functions which
> > are wrapped with proper memory barrier and keep in pairs to make
> > sure the in and out index are fetched and updated in order to avoid
> > data loss.
> >
> > kfifo_read_index_in()
> > kfifo_write_index_in()
> > kfifo_read_index_out()
> > kfifo_write_index_out()
> >
> > Signed-off-by: Yulei Zhang <yuleixzhang@tencent.com>
> > Signed-off-by: Guangrong Xiao <xiaoguangrong@tencent.com>
>
> I've added some more people to CC that might want to see this. Thanks
> for sending this!

I haven't looked at the guts of kfifo before and I'm fully prepared to
believe that there are ordering problems in there. However, I'm having a
hard time matching the implementation to the snippets above.

Please could you provide the description of the consumer/producer
interaction as above, but annotated with the function/macro names?

There are things like kfifo_get() using smp_wmb(), which looks suspicious,
but doesn't appear to be what you're reporting here.

Thanks,

Will

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