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Subject[PATCH 4.4 04/43] ALSA: aloop: Sync stale timer before release
4.4-stable review patch.  If anyone has any objections, please let me know.


From: Takashi Iwai <>

commit 67a01afaf3d34893cf7d2ea19b34555d6abb7cb0 upstream.

The aloop driver tries to stop the pending timer via timer_del() in
the trigger callback and in the close callback. The former is
correct, as it's an atomic operation, while the latter expects that
the timer gets really removed and proceeds the resource releases after
that. But timer_del() doesn't synchronize, hence the running timer
may still access the released resources.

A similar situation can be also seen in the prepare callback after
trigger(STOP) where the prepare tries to re-initialize the things
while a timer is still running.

The problems like the above are seen indirectly in some syzkaller
reports (although it's not 100% clear whether this is the only cause,
as the race condition is quite narrow and not always easy to

For addressing these issues, this patch adds the explicit alls of
timer_del_sync() in some places, so that the pending timer is properly
killed / synced.

Cc: <>
Signed-off-by: Takashi Iwai <>
Signed-off-by: Greg Kroah-Hartman <>

sound/drivers/aloop.c | 9 ++++++++-
1 file changed, 8 insertions(+), 1 deletion(-)

--- a/sound/drivers/aloop.c
+++ b/sound/drivers/aloop.c
@@ -192,6 +192,11 @@ static inline void loopback_timer_stop(s
dpcm->timer.expires = 0;

+static inline void loopback_timer_stop_sync(struct loopback_pcm *dpcm)
+ del_timer_sync(&dpcm->timer);
@@ -326,6 +331,8 @@ static int loopback_prepare(struct snd_p
struct loopback_cable *cable = dpcm->cable;
int bps, salign;

+ loopback_timer_stop_sync(dpcm);
salign = (snd_pcm_format_width(runtime->format) *
runtime->channels) / 8;
bps = salign * runtime->rate;
@@ -745,7 +752,7 @@ static int loopback_close(struct snd_pcm
struct loopback *loopback = substream->private_data;
struct loopback_pcm *dpcm = substream->runtime->private_data;

- loopback_timer_stop(dpcm);
+ loopback_timer_stop_sync(dpcm);

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