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Subject[tip: locking/kcsan] kcsan: Change data_race() to no longer require marking racing accesses
The following commit has been merged into the locking/kcsan branch of tip:

Commit-ID: d071e91361bbfef524ae8abf7e560fb294d0ad64
Author: Marco Elver <>
AuthorDate: Tue, 31 Mar 2020 21:32:33 +02:00
Committer: Paul E. McKenney <>
CommitterDate: Mon, 13 Apr 2020 17:18:15 -07:00

kcsan: Change data_race() to no longer require marking racing accesses

Thus far, accesses marked with data_race() would still require the
racing access to be marked in some way (be it with READ_ONCE(),
WRITE_ONCE(), or data_race() itself), as otherwise KCSAN would still
report a data race. This requirement, however, seems to be unintuitive,
and some valid use-cases demand *not* marking other accesses, as it
might hide more serious bugs (e.g. diagnostic reads).

Therefore, this commit changes data_race() to no longer require marking
racing accesses (although it's still recommended if possible).

The alternative would have been introducing another variant of
data_race(), however, since usage of data_race() already needs to be
carefully reasoned about, distinguishing between these cases likely adds
more complexity in the wrong place.

Cc: Paul E. McKenney <>
Cc: Will Deacon <>
Cc: Qian Cai <>
Acked-by: Will Deacon <>
Signed-off-by: Marco Elver <>
Signed-off-by: Paul E. McKenney <>
include/linux/compiler.h | 4 ++--
1 file changed, 2 insertions(+), 2 deletions(-)

diff --git a/include/linux/compiler.h b/include/linux/compiler.h
index f504ede..1729bd1 100644
--- a/include/linux/compiler.h
+++ b/include/linux/compiler.h
@@ -326,9 +326,9 @@ unsigned long read_word_at_a_time(const void *addr)
#define data_race(expr) \
({ \
typeof(({ expr; })) __val; \
- kcsan_nestable_atomic_begin(); \
+ kcsan_disable_current(); \
__val = ({ expr; }); \
- kcsan_nestable_atomic_end(); \
+ kcsan_enable_current(); \
__val; \
 \ /
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