Re: [PATCH] ipc,sem block sem_lock on sma->lock during sma initialization

From: Andrew Morton
Date: Fri Nov 21 2014 - 15:42:35 EST

On Fri, 21 Nov 2014 15:29:27 -0500 Rik van Riel <riel@xxxxxxxxxx> wrote:

> On 11/21/2014 03:09 PM, Andrew Morton wrote:
> > On Fri, 21 Nov 2014 14:52:26 -0500 Rik van Riel <riel@xxxxxxxxxx>
> > wrote:
> >
> >> When manipulating just one semaphore with semop, sem_lock only
> >> takes that single semaphore's lock. This creates a problem during
> >> initialization of the semaphore array, when the data structures
> >> used by sem_lock have not been set up yet. The sma->lock is
> >> already held by newary, and we just have to make sure everything
> >> else waits on that lock during initialization.
> >>
> >> Luckily it is easy to make sem_lock wait on the sma->lock, by
> >> pretending there is a complex operation in progress while the sma
> >> is being initialized.
> >>
> >> The newary function already zeroes sma->complex_count before
> >> unlocking the sma->lock.
> >
> > What are the runtime effects of the bug?
> >
> NULL pointer dereference in spin_lock from sem_lock,
> if it is called before sma->sem_base has been pointed
> somewhere valid.

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