Re: Regression in 4.6.0-git - bisected to commit dd254f5a382c

From: Matthew McClintock
Date: Tue May 24 2016 - 15:13:19 EST

I’m seeing this too, same commit if you want another person to test/reproduce.


> On May 24, 2016, at 11:10 AM, Larry Finger <Larry.Finger@xxxxxxxxxxxx> wrote:
> On 05/23/2016 07:18 PM, Al Viro wrote:
>> On Mon, May 23, 2016 at 04:30:43PM -0500, Larry Finger wrote:
>>> The mainline kernels past 4.6.0 fail hang when logging in. There are no
>>> error messages, and the machine seems to be waiting for some event that
>>> never happens.
>>> The problem has been bisected to commit dd254f5a382c ("fold checks into
>>> iterate_and_advance()"). The bisection has been verified.
>>> The problem is the call from iov_iter_advance(). When I reinstated the old
>>> macro with a new name and used it in that routine, the system works.
>>> Obviously, the call that seems to be incorrect has some benefits. My
>>> quich-and-dirty patch is attached.
>>> I will be willing to test any patch you prepare.
>> Hangs where and how? A reproducer, please... This is really weird - the
>> only change there is in the cases when
>> * iov_iter_advance(i, n) is called with n greater than the remaining
>> amount. It's a bug, plain and simple - old variant would've been left in
>> seriously buggered state and at the very least we want to catch any such
>> places for the sake of backports
>> * iov_iter_advance(i, 0) - both old and new code leave *i unchanged,
>> but the old one dereferences i->iov[0], which be pointing beyond the end of
>> array by that point. The value read from there was not used by the old code,
>> at that.
>> Could you slap WARN_ON(size > i->count) in the very beginning of
>> iov_iter_advance() (the mainline variant) and see what triggers on your
>> reproducer?
> As I wrote earlier, i->count was greater than zero, but size was zero, which caused the bulk of iterate_and_advance() to be skipped.
> For now, the following one-line hack allows my system to boot:
> diff --git a/fs/read_write.c b/fs/read_write.c
> index 933b53a..d5d64d9 100644
> --- a/fs/read_write.c
> +++ b/fs/read_write.c
> @@ -721,6 +721,7 @@ static ssize_t do_loop_readv_writev(struct file *filp, struct iov_iter *iter,
> ret += nr;
> if (nr != iovec.iov_len)
> break;
> + nr = max_t(ssize_t, nr, 1);
> iov_iter_advance(iter, nr);
> }
> I have no idea what subtle bug in do_loop_readv_writev() is causing nr to be zero, but it seems to have been exposed by commit dd254f5a382c.
> Larry