[PATCH] tty: Correct tty buffer flush.

From: Ilya Zykov
Date: Mon Dec 03 2012 - 04:54:58 EST

The root of problem is carelessly zeroing pointer(in function __tty_buffer_flush()),
when another thread can use it. It can be cause of "NULL pointer dereference".
Main idea of the patch, this is never release last (struct tty_buffer) in the active buffer.
Only flush data for ldisc(tty->buf.head->read = tty->buf.head->commit).
At that moment driver can collect(write) data in buffer without conflict.
It is repeat behavior of flush_to_ldisc(), only without feeding data to ldisc.
Test program and bug report you can see:

Cc: stable@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxx
Signed-off-by: Ilya Zykov <ilya@xxxxxxx>
diff --git a/drivers/tty/tty_buffer.c b/drivers/tty/tty_buffer.c
index 6c9b7cd..4f02f9c 100644
--- a/drivers/tty/tty_buffer.c
+++ b/drivers/tty/tty_buffer.c
@@ -114,11 +114,14 @@ static void __tty_buffer_flush(struct tty_struct *tty)
struct tty_buffer *thead;

- while ((thead = tty->buf.head) != NULL) {
- tty->buf.head = thead->next;
- tty_buffer_free(tty, thead);
+ if (tty->buf.head == NULL)
+ return;
+ while ((thead = tty->buf.head->next) != NULL) {
+ tty_buffer_free(tty, tty->buf.head);
+ tty->buf.head = thead;
- tty->buf.tail = NULL;
+ WARN_ON(tty->buf.head != tty->buf.tail);
+ tty->buf.head->read = tty->buf.head->commit;

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