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SubjectRe: [BUG] kernel: kcov: a possible sleep-in-atomic-context bug in kcov_ioctl()
On Tue, Dec 17, 2019 at 1:56 PM Jia-Ju Bai <> wrote:
> The kernel may sleep while holding a spinlock.
> The function call path (from bottom to top) in Linux 4.19 is:
> kernel/kcov.c, 237:
> vfree in kcov_put
> kernel/kcov.c, 413:
> kcov_put in kcov_ioctl_locked
> kernel/kcov.c, 427:
> kcov_ioctl_locked in kcov_ioctl
> kernel/kcov.c, 426:
> spin_lock in kcov_ioctl
> vfree() can sleep at runtime.
> I am not sure how to properly fix this possible bug, so I only report it.
> A possible way is to replace vfree() with kfree(), and replace related
> calls to vmalloc() with kmalloc().
> This bug is found by a static analysis tool STCheck written by myself.

Hi Jia-Ju,

Are you sure kcov_ioctl_locked can really release the descriptor? It
happens in the context of ioctl, which means there is an open
reference for the file descriptor. So ioctl should not do vfree I
would assume.

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