On Mon, Sep 20, 2021 at 01:52:21PM -0700, Dan Williams wrote:
On Fri, Sep 17, 2021 at 10:05 PM Luis Chamberlain
> This deadlock was first reported with the zram driver, however the live
> patching folks have acknowledged they have observed this as well with
> live patching, when a live patch is removed. I was then able to
> reproduce easily by creating a dedicated selftests.
> A sketch of how this can happen follows:
> CPU A CPU B
This flow seems possible to trigger with:
echo $dev > /sys/bus/$bus/drivers/$driver/unbind
I am missing why module pinning
The aspect of try_module_get() which comes to value to prevent the
deadlock is it ensures kernfs ops do not run once exit is on the way.
is part of the solution when it's the
device_del() path that is racing?
But its not, the device_del() path will yield until the kernfs op
completes. It is fine to wait there.
The deadlock happens if a module exit routine uses a lock which is
also used on a sysfs op. If the lock was first held by module exit,
and module exit is waiting for the kernfs op to complete, and the
kernfs op is waiting to hold the same lock then the exit will wait
Module removal is just a more coarse
grained way to trigger unbind => device_del().
Right, but the device_del() path is not sharing a lock with the sysfs op.
Isn't the above a bug
in the driver, not missing synchronization in kernfs?
We can certainly take the position as an alternative:
"thou shalt not use a lock on exit which is also used on a syfs op"
However that seems counter intuitive, specially if we can resolve the
issue easily with a try_module_get().