Re: [PATCH] usbnet: Fix two races between usbnet_stop() and the BH
From: Alan Stern
Date: Mon Aug 24 2015 - 14:22:20 EST
On Mon, 24 Aug 2015, Alan Stern wrote:
> On Mon, 24 Aug 2015, David Miller wrote:
> > From: Eugene Shatokhin <eugene.shatokhin@xxxxxxxxxx>
> > Date: Wed, 19 Aug 2015 14:59:01 +0300
> > > So the following might be possible, although unlikely:
> > >
> > > CPU0 CPU1
> > > clear_bit: read dev->flags
> > > clear_bit: clear EVENT_RX_KILL in the read value
> > >
> > > dev->flags=0;
> > >
> > > clear_bit: write updated dev->flags
> > >
> > > As a result, dev->flags may become non-zero again.
> > Is this really possible?
> > Stores really are "atomic" in the sense that the do their update
> > in one indivisible operation.
> Provided you use ACCESS_ONCE or WRITE_ONCE or whatever people like to
> call it now.
> > Atomic operations like clear_bit also will behave that way.
> Are you certain about that? I couldn't find any mention of it in
> In theory, an architecture could implement atomic bit operations using
> a spinlock to insure atomicity. I don't know if any architectures do
> this, but if they do then the scenario above could arise.
Now that I see this in writing, I realize it's not possible after all.
clear_bit() et al. will work with a single unsigned long, which doesn't
leave any place for spinlocks or other mechanisms. I was thinking of
So never mind...
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