Re: [PATCH] workqueue: Fix an object aliasing bug with `work_data_bits'

From: Maciej W. Rozycki
Date: Wed May 25 2016 - 17:21:13 EST

On Wed, 25 May 2016, Tejun Heo wrote:

> > Fix an aliasing issue causing a MIPS port build error:
> >
> > In file included from include/linux/srcu.h:34:0,
> > from include/linux/notifier.h:15,
> > from ./arch/mips/include/asm/uprobes.h:9,
> > from include/linux/uprobes.h:61,
> > from include/linux/mm_types.h:13,
> > from ./arch/mips/include/asm/vdso.h:14,
> > from arch/mips/vdso/vdso.h:27,
> > from arch/mips/vdso/gettimeofday.c:11:
> > include/linux/workqueue.h: In function 'work_static':
> > include/linux/workqueue.h:186:2: error: dereferencing type-punned pointer will break strict-aliasing rules [-Werror=strict-aliasing]
> > return *work_data_bits(work) & WORK_STRUCT_STATIC;
> > ^
> Umm... the kernel is built explicitly with -fno-strict-aliasing and
> it's not something individual archs can opt out.

Hmm, good point, I had forgotten about it, it's been a while -- now I
recall there was once quite a discussion about it, when GCC switched its

However it's VDSO being built here, i.e. strictly speaking not a part of
the kernel itself, and this uses specialised build recipes so as to make
this code user-callable (PIC, among others). Which is undoubtedly why the
error triggers so rarely. So I guess the way to sort this out is to stick
an explicit `-fno-strict-aliasing' option along with `-fno-common' and
some other stuff already present there. Due to the arcana of MIPS ABIs
this is unfortunately very fragile.

I'll handle it with the MIPS port then. Sorry to trouble you with a bad
change, thanks for the advice, and please consider the patch withdrawn.