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SubjectRe: [PATCH 0/2] ALSA: pcm: Fix race condition in runtime access
On Wed, Nov 13, 2019 at 2:16 AM Takashi Iwai <> wrote:
> On Tue, 12 Nov 2019 18:17:13 +0100,
> paulhsia wrote:
> >
> > Since
> > - snd_pcm_detach_substream sets runtime to null without stream lock and
> > - snd_pcm_period_elapsed checks the nullity of the runtime outside of
> > stream lock.
> >
> > This will trigger null memory access in snd_pcm_running() call in
> > snd_pcm_period_elapsed.
> Well, if a stream is detached, it means that the stream must have been
> already closed; i.e. it's already a clear bug in the driver that
> snd_pcm_period_elapsed() is called against such a stream.
> Or am I missing other possible case?
> thanks,
> Takashi

In multithreaded environment, it is possible to have to access both
`interrupt_handler` (from irq) and `substream close` (from
snd_pcm_release) at the same time.
Therefore, in driver implementation, if "substream close function" and
the "code section where snd_pcm_period_elapsed() in" do not hold the
same lock, then the following things can happen:

1. interrupt_handler -> goes into snd_pcm_period_elapsed with a valid
sustream pointer
2. snd_pcm_release_substream: call close without blocking
3. snd_pcm_release_substream: call snd_pcm_detache_substream and set
substream->runtime to NULL
4. interrupt_handler -> call snd_pcm_runtime() and crash while
accessing fields in `substream->runtime`

e.g. In intel8x0.c driver for ac97 device,
In driver intel8x0.c, `snd_pcm_period_elapsed` is called after
checking `ichdev->substream` in `snd_intel8x0_update`.
And if a `snd_pcm_release` call from alsa-lib and pass through close()
and run to snd_pcm_detach_substream() in another thread, it's possible
to trigger a crash.
I can reproduce the issue within a multithread VM easily.

My patches are trying to provide a basic protection for this situation
(and internal pcm lock between detach and elapsed), since
- the usage of `snd_pcm_period_elapsed` does not warn callers about
the possible race if the driver does not force the order for `calling
snd_pcm_period_elapsed` and `close` by lock and
- lots of drivers already have this hidden issue and I can't fix them
one by one (You can check the "snd_pcm_period_elapsed usage" and the
"close implementation" within all the drivers). The most common
mistake is that
- Checking if the substream is null and call into snd_pcm_period_elapsed
- But `close` can happen anytime, pass without block and
snd_pcm_detach_substream will be trigger right after it


> >
> > paulhsia (2):
> > ALSA: pcm: Fix stream lock usage in snd_pcm_period_elapsed()
> > ALSA: pcm: Use stream lock in snd_pcm_detach_substream()
> >
> > sound/core/pcm.c | 8 +++++++-
> > sound/core/pcm_lib.c | 8 ++++++--
> > 2 files changed, 13 insertions(+), 3 deletions(-)
> >
> > --
> > 2.24.0.rc1.363.gb1bccd3e3d-goog
> >

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