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Subject[PATCH v5 1/3] venus: core: handle race condititon for core ops
For core ops we are having only write protect but there
is no read protect, because of this in multithreading
and concurrency, one CPU core is reading without wait
which is causing the NULL pointer dereferece crash.

one such scenario is as show below, where in one CPU
core, core->ops becoming NULL and in another CPU core
calling core->ops->session_init().

CPU: core-7:
Call trace:
hfi_session_init+0x180/0x1dc [venus_core]
vdec_queue_setup+0x9c/0x364 [venus_dec]
vb2_core_reqbufs+0x1e4/0x368 [videobuf2_common]
vb2_reqbufs+0x4c/0x64 [videobuf2_v4l2]
v4l2_m2m_reqbufs+0x50/0x84 [v4l2_mem2mem]
v4l2_m2m_ioctl_reqbufs+0x2c/0x38 [v4l2_mem2mem]

CPU: core-0:
Call trace:
venus_shutdown+0x98/0xfc [venus_core]
venus_sys_error_handler+0x64/0x148 [venus_core]

Signed-off-by: Mansur Alisha Shaik <>
Acked-by: Stanimir Varbanov <>
Changes in v5:
- Addressed review comments by stan in v4 version

drivers/media/platform/qcom/venus/hfi.c | 12 ++++++++++++
1 file changed, 12 insertions(+)

diff --git a/drivers/media/platform/qcom/venus/hfi.c b/drivers/media/platform/qcom/venus/hfi.c
index a59022a..638ed5c 100644
--- a/drivers/media/platform/qcom/venus/hfi.c
+++ b/drivers/media/platform/qcom/venus/hfi.c
@@ -198,6 +198,18 @@ int hfi_session_init(struct venus_inst *inst, u32 pixfmt)
const struct hfi_ops *ops = core->ops;
int ret;

+ /*
+ * If core shutdown is in progress or if we are in system
+ * recovery, return an error as during system error recovery
+ * session_init() can't pass successfully
+ */
+ mutex_lock(&core->lock);
+ if (!core->ops || core->sys_error) {
+ mutex_unlock(&core->lock);
+ return -EIO;
+ }
+ mutex_unlock(&core->lock);
if (inst->state != INST_UNINIT)
return -EINVAL;

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