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SubjectRe: [PATCH v2] ptp: fix the race between the release of ptp_clock and cdev
Hello, Richard,

Thank you for the review!

> > + * @dev: Pointer to the initialized device. Caller must provide
> > + * 'release' filed
>
> field

Indeed. *sigh* Nothing is ideal. Let's hope a maintainer could fix it if
this is approved.

Best regards,
Vladis Dronov | Red Hat, Inc. | The Core Kernel | Senior Software Engineer

----- Original Message -----
> From: "Richard Cochran" <richardcochran@gmail.com>
> To: "Vladis Dronov" <vdronov@redhat.com>
> Cc: linux-fsdevel@vger.kernel.org, "Alexander Viro" <viro@zeniv.linux.org.uk>, "Al Viro" <aviro@redhat.com>,
> netdev@vger.kernel.org, linux-kernel@vger.kernel.org
> Sent: Friday, December 27, 2019 4:02:19 PM
> Subject: Re: [PATCH v2] ptp: fix the race between the release of ptp_clock and cdev
>
> On Fri, Dec 27, 2019 at 03:26:27AM +0100, Vladis Dronov wrote:
> > Here cdev is embedded in posix_clock which is embedded in ptp_clock.
> > The race happens because ptp_clock's lifetime is controlled by two
> > refcounts: kref and cdev.kobj in posix_clock. This is wrong.
> >
> > Make ptp_clock's sysfs device a parent of cdev with cdev_device_add()
> > created especially for such cases. This way the parent device with its
> > ptp_clock is not released until all references to the cdev are released.
> > This adds a requirement that an initialized but not exposed struct
> > device should be provided to posix_clock_register() by a caller instead
> > of a simple dev_t.
> >
> > This approach was adopted from the commit 72139dfa2464 ("watchdog: Fix
> > the race between the release of watchdog_core_data and cdev"). See
> > details of the implementation in the commit 233ed09d7fda ("chardev: add
> > helper function to register char devs with a struct device").
>
> Thanks for digging into this!
>
> Acked-by: Richard Cochran <richardcochran@gmail.com>
>
> > /**
> > * posix_clock_register() - register a new clock
> > - * @clk: Pointer to the clock. Caller must provide 'ops' and 'release'
> > - * @devid: Allocated device id
> > + * @clk: Pointer to the clock. Caller must provide 'ops' field
> > + * @dev: Pointer to the initialized device. Caller must provide
> > + * 'release' filed
>
> field
>
> Thanks,
> Richard

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