Re: [PATCH] kmsg: properly handle concurrent non-blockingread() from /proc/kmsg

From: Jan Beulich
Date: Wed Jul 04 2012 - 02:22:33 EST

>>> Kay Sievers <kay@xxxxxxxx> 07/03/12 8:17 PM >>>
>From: Kay Sievers <kay@xxxxxxxx>
>Subject: kmsg: properly handle concurrent non-blocking read() from /proc/kmsg
>The /proc/kmsg read() interface is internally simply wired up to a sequence
>of syslog() syscalls, which might are racy between their checks and actions,
>regarding concurrency.
>In the (very uncommon) case of concurrent readers of /dev/kmsg, relying on
>usual O_NONBLOCK behavior, the recently introduced mutex might block an
>O_NONBLOCK reader in read(), when poll() returns for it, but another process
>has already read the data in the meantime. We've seen that while running
>artificial test setups and tools that "fight" about /proc/kmsg data.
>This restores the original /proc/kmsg behavior, where in case of concurrent
>read()s, poll() might wake up but the read() syscall will just return 0 to
>the caller, while another process has "stolen" the data.
>This is in the general case not the expected behavior, but it is the exact
>same one, that can easily be triggered with a 3.4 kernel, and some tools
>might just rely on it.
>The mutex is not needed, the original integrity issue which introduced it,
>is in the meantime covered by:
>"fill buffer with more than a single message for SYSLOG_ACTION_READ"
>Cc: Yuanhan Liu <yuanhan.liu@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxx>
>Cc: Jan Beulich <JBeulich@xxxxxxxx>
>Signed-off-by: Kay Sievers <kay@xxxxxxxx>

This being a revert of all but a single change of
4a77a5a06ec66ed05199b301e7c25f42f979afdc, which I had suggested to
be reverted anyway:

Acked-by: Jan Beulich <jbeulich@xxxxxxxx>

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