Re: [4.10, panic, regression] iscsi: null pointer deref at iscsi_tcp_segment_done+0x20d/0x2e0

From: Christoph Hellwig
Date: Sat Dec 24 2016 - 05:08:31 EST

On Fri, Dec 23, 2016 at 11:42:45AM -0800, Linus Torvalds wrote:
> Ugh. This patch is nasty.

It's the same SCSI has done for ages - except that is uses a separate
kmalloc for the sense buffer.

> I think we should just fix blk_execute_rq() instead.

As you found out below it's not just blk_execute_rq, it's the whole
architecture of the BLOCK_PC code, which expects a caller provided
sense buffer. But with the way blk-mq allocates request structures
we can actually fix it, but I first need to extent the way it allows
drivers to allocate private data to the old request code. I've
actually already implemented that for SCSI long time ago, and have
started to life it to the block layer.

Once that is done the callers won't need a sense buffer at all, and
can just look at the driver provided one. Which currently is missing
in virtio-blk, so we'd need something similar to the above patch