Re: [PATCH v2 02/10] zram: avoid invalid memory access in zram_exit()

From: Jiang Liu
Date: Wed Jun 05 2013 - 11:24:32 EST

On Wed 05 Jun 2013 02:04:42 PM CST, Minchan Kim wrote:
> On Wed, Jun 05, 2013 at 12:06:00AM +0800, Jiang Liu wrote:
>> Memory for zram->disk object may have already been freed after returning
>> from destroy_device(zram), then it's unsafe for zram_reset_device(zram)
>> to access zram->disk again.
>> We can't solve this bug by flipping the order of destroy_device(zram)
>> and zram_reset_device(zram), that will cause deadlock issues to the
>> zram sysfs handler.
> What kinds of deadlock happen?
> Could you elaborate it more?
Hi Minchan,
I will try my best to explain the situation.
1) if we change the order as:
zram->meta could be rebuilt by disksize_store() just between
zram_reset_device(zram) and destroy_device(zram) because all sysfs
entries are still available, which then cause memory leak.

2) If we change the code as:
Then it will cause a typical deadlock as:
1) acquire init_lock
2) destroy_device(zram);
2.b) wait for all sysfs files to be closed and released.

1) echo xxm > disksize
2) open sysfs file and call disksize_store()
3) disksize_store() tries to acquire zram->init_lock

Then deadlock.

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