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SubjectRe: [PATCH] KVM: X86: Fix scan ioapic use-before-initialization
On Sun, Nov 25, 2018 at 6:31 PM Paolo Bonzini <pbonzini@redhat.com> wrote:
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> On 20/11/18 09:34, Wanpeng Li wrote:
> > From: Wanpeng Li <wanpengli@tencent.com>
> > ...
> > This patch fixes it by bailing out scan ioapic if ioapic is not initialized in
> > kernel.
> > Reported-by: Wei Wu <ww9210@gmail.com>

+Linus, Greg

I want to point out that this was reported more then 3 months ago by syzbot:
https://groups.google.com/forum/#!msg/syzkaller-bugs/cPT7tmaz-gQ/SzOyhM0YBAAJ
then the report was lost on kernel mailing lists and then re-reported
by somebody else:
https://www.spinics.net/lists/kvm/msg177705.html
and only then fixed.

Lots of kernel bug reports routinely get lost on mailing lists, which is bad.

Another bug was reported by syzbot in April:
https://groups.google.com/forum/#!msg/syzkaller-bugs/-9XIT9gwq7M/sqvBXSZWBgAJ
then get lost and then re-reported in November:
https://www.spinics.net/lists/kvm/msg177704.html
and only then fixed.

Not specific for KVM, another bug in kernel/trace reported by syzbot,
lost for months, then re-reported and fixed:
https://groups.google.com/forum/#!msg/syzkaller-bugs/o_-OeMyoTwg/Ugh432hlAgAJ
https://bugzilla.kernel.org/show_bug.cgi?id=200019

And, no, it's not that people ignore just syzbot reports. It's just
that syzbot reports can be tracked so it's easier to spot such cases,
for manually reported bugs nobody usually knows anything after few
weeks. Here is an example of bug report by a human, which was even
replied but then slipped from somebody's attention set for a moment
and then complete oblivion. Months later happened to be re-reported by
syzbot and then fixed:
https://groups.google.com/forum/#!msg/syzkaller-bugs/wFUedfOK2Rw/waUrQYOxAQAJ

Re-reported a year later bugs can cause security problems and large
amounts of work to backport the fix to thousands of downstream kernel
forks. Not re-reported bugs are even worse as they are just not fixed.

This Plumbers I was approached by Doug Ledford from Redhat, who said
literally that there was a bunch of syzbot reports in rdma subsystem
but since they were reported some time ago, now nobody knows
what/where are they. So while the bugs are still presumably there, now
they are completely unactionable and kernel development process is
incapable of dealing with this. While syzbot reports have some chances
of being recovered, this equally applies to human-reported bugs and
they can't be easily recovered.

This does not looks like how things should be for the most critical
and fundamental software project in the world. Lost bugs/patches
should not be a thing. There are known working solutions for this in
the form of tooling and procedures, namely bug tracking. Any bug
tracking systems allows to answer the main question: what are the
active bugs, sorted by priority, in subsystem X/assigned to me; and
lots of other useful questions.

And, yes, I know we have bugazilla. But it's not being used as a bug
tracking system as of now. And when used, sometimes cause more trouble
because nobody expects bugs to be there:
https://lwn.net/ml/linux-kernel/20181208115629.GA3288@kroah.com/

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