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SubjectRe: [PATCH v2] dmaengine: check device and channel list for empty

On 7/8/2020 10:35 PM, Jiri Slaby wrote:
> On 07. 07. 20, 17:42, Dave Jiang wrote:
>> On 7/6/2020 11:05 PM, Jiri Slaby wrote:
>>> On 26. 06. 20, 20:09, Dave Jiang wrote:
>>>> Check dma device list and channel list for empty before iterate as the
>>>> iteration function assume the list to be not empty. With devices and
>>>> channels now being hot pluggable this is a condition that needs to be
>>>> checked. Otherwise it can cause the iterator to spin forever.
>>> Could you be a little bit more specific how this can spin forever? I.e.
>>> can you attach a stacktrace of such a behaviour?
>> I can't seem to find the original splat that lead me to the conclusion
>> of it's spinning forever. As I recall, the issue seems to produce
>> different splats and not always consistent in being reproduced. Here's a
>> partial splat that was tracked by the internal bug database. Since with
>> the dma device and channel list being are hot added and removed, the
>> device and channel lists can be empty. The list_entry() and friends
>> expect the list to not be empty (according to header comment), I added
>> the check to ensure that isn't the case before using them in dmaengine.
> Yes, the comment states that as it is true: you receive a
> wild/non-checkable pointer if you do list_entry on an empty list. BUT
> have you actually read what I wrote:
>>> As in the empty case, "&pos->member" is "head" (look into
>>> list_for_each_entry) and the for loop should loop exactly zero times.
> HERE ^^^^
>> With the fix, we can no longer produce any of the splats. So maybe the
>> above was a bad description of the issue.
> No, not only the description, worse, the patch proper looks wrong.
>> [ 4216.048375]  ? dma_channel_rebalance+0x7b/0x250
>> [ 4216.056360]  dma_async_device_register+0x349/0x3a0
>> [ 4216.064604]  idxd_register_dma_device+0x90/0xc0 [idxd]
>> [ 4216.073175]  idxd_config_bus_probe.cold+0x7d/0x1fc [idxd]
> So, the good part in the patch is the fixed locking in
> dma_async_device_register. Otherwise it adds nonsense checks. So you
> fixed the issue only by a chance, by a side effect as Peter pointed out.
> Leaving aside that you broke dma_request_chan -- that could happen to
> anybody.
> Vinod, please drop/revert this patch. Then start over only with
> dma_async_device_register fixed locking.

I'll start on the proper fix.

> thanks,

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