Re: [RFC PATCH] livepatch: allow removal of a disabled patch
From: Josh Poimboeuf
Date: Thu May 05 2016 - 09:27:54 EST
On Thu, May 05, 2016 at 10:28:12AM +0200, Miroslav Benes wrote:
> I think it boils down to the following problem.
> 1. CONFIG_DEBUG_KOBJECT_RELEASE=y
> 2. we have dynamic kobjects, so there is a pointer in klp_patch to struct
> 3. it is allocated during klp_init_patch() and all is fine
> 4. now we want to remove the patch module. It is disabled and module_put()
> is called. User calls rmmod on the module.
> 5. klp_unregister_patch() is called in __exit method.
> 6. klp_free_patch() is called.
> 7. kobject_put(patch->kobj) is called.
> ...now it gets interesting...
> 8. among others kobject_cleanup() is scheduled as a delayed work (this is
> 9. there is no completion, so kobject_put returns and the module goes
> 10. someone calls patch enabled_store attribute (for example). They can
> because kobject_cleanup() has not been called yet. It is delayed
But what exactly causes the crash? In enabled_store() we can see that
the patch isn't in the list, so we can return -EINVAL.