Re: NULL deref around blkmq in v4.0-rc1ârc7

From: Linus Torvalds
Date: Thu Apr 09 2015 - 20:07:56 EST

On Thu, Apr 9, 2015 at 3:29 PM, Jan Engelhardt <jengelh@xxxxxxx> wrote:
> On Thursday 2015-04-09 23:12, Linus Torvalds wrote:
>>That ->sense_buffer thing is supposed to be initialized by the
>>blk_mq_ops.init_request() function, which is called - if it exists =
>>when the array of requests ('->rqs[]') is initialized.
>>Does this entirely untested patch make any difference?
> Yes, this seems to solve it for me.

Can you humor me, and try that patch on top of a few different kernel
versions that you had trouble with.

The fact that your bisection ended on a completely unrelated commit
makes me think that some particular memory aligment (code or initial
data or whatever) ends up showing or hiding the bug, so I'm a bit
worried that my ->rqs[] initialization patch also happened to just
hide the problem rather than really fix it.

That said, at least it's a lot more likely to be relevant than the
ACPI merge commit you bisected to, so while I'm somewhat cautious
about that patch (not that it would be wrong, but that it would matter
that much) I at least can see it make a real difference.

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