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SubjectRe: [PATCH 4/8] rhashtable: fix race in nested_table_alloc()
On Sun, May 06 2018, Herbert Xu wrote:

> On Sun, May 06, 2018 at 07:48:20AM +1000, NeilBrown wrote:
>>
>> The spinlock protects 2 or more buckets. The nested table contains at
>> least 512 buckets, maybe more.
>> It is quite possible for two insertions into 2 different buckets to both
>> get their spinlock and both try to instantiate the same nested table.
>
> I think you missed the fact that when we use nested tables the spin
> lock table is limited to just a single page and hence corresponds
> to the first level in the nested table. Therefore it's always safe.

Yes I had missed that - thanks for pointing it out.
In fact the lock table is limited to the number of nested_tables
in the second level.
And it is the same low-order bits that choose both the lock
and the set of nested tables.
So there isn't a bug here. So we don't need this patch. (I still like
it though - it seems more obviously correct).

Thanks,
NeilBrown
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