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SubjectRE: [PATCH] PCI: hv: Do not wait forever on a device that has disappeared
> From: Michael Kelley (EOSG)
> Sent: Monday, May 28, 2018 17:19
> While this patch solves the immediate problem of getting hung waiting
> for a response from Hyper-V that will never come, there's another scenario
> to look at that I think introduces a race. Suppose the guest VM issues a
> vmbus_sendpacket() request in one of the cases covered by this patch,
> and suppose that Hyper-V queues a response to the request, and then
> immediately follows with a rescind request. Processing the response will
> get queued to a tasklet associated with the channel, while processing the
> rescind will get queued to a tasklet associated with the top-level vmbus
> connection. From what I can see, the code doesn't impose any ordering
> on processing the two. If the rescind is processed first, the new
> wait_for_response() function may wake up, notice the rescind flag, and
> return an error. Its caller will return an error, and in doing so pop the
> completion packet off the stack. When the response is processed later,
> it will try to signal completion via a completion packet that no longer
> exists, and memory corruption will likely occur.
> Am I missing anything that would prevent this scenario from happening?
> It is admittedly low probability, and a solution seems non-trivial. I haven't
> looked specifically, but a similar scenario is probably possible with the
> drivers for other VMbus devices. We should work on a generic solution.
> Michael

Thanks for spotting the race!

IMO we can disable the per-channel tasklet to exclude the race:

--- a/drivers/pci/host/pci-hyperv.c
+++ b/drivers/pci/host/pci-hyperv.c
@@ -565,6 +565,7 @@ static int wait_for_response(struct hv_device *hdev,
while (true) {
if (hdev->channel->rescind) {
+ tasklet_disable(&hdev->channel->callback_event);
dev_warn_once(&hdev->device, "The device is gone.\n");
return -ENODEV;
This way, when we exit the loop, we're sure hv_pci_onchannelcallback() can not
run anymore. What do you think of this?

It looks the list of the other vmbus devices that can be hot-removed is:

the hv_utils devices
hv_sock devices
storvsc device
netvsc device

As I checked, the first 3 types of devices don't have this "send a request to the
host and wait for the response forever" pattern. NetVSC should be fixed as it has
the same pattern.

-- Dexuan

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