Re: bio linked list corruption.

From: Linus Torvalds
Date: Wed Oct 19 2016 - 13:44:19 EST

On Wed, Oct 19, 2016 at 10:09 AM, Philipp Hahn <pmhahn@xxxxxxxxx> wrote:
> Nearly a month ago I reported also a "list_add corruption", but with 4.1.6:
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> That server rungs Samba4, which also is a heavy user of xattr.

That one looks very different. In fact, the list that got corrupted
for you has since been changed to a hlist (which is *similar* to our
doubly-linked list, but has a smaller head and does not allow adding
to the end of the list).

Also, the "should be" and "was" values are very close, and switched:

should be ffffffff81ab3ca8, but was ffffffff81ab3cc8
should be ffffffff81ab3cc8, but was ffffffff81ab3ca8

so it actually looks like it was the same data structure. In
particular, it looks like enqueue_timer() ended up racing on adding an
entry to one index in the "base->vectors[]" array, while hitting an
entry that was pointing to another index near-by.

So I don't think it's related. Yours looks like some subtle timer base
race. It smells like a locking problem with timers. I'm not seeing
what it might be, but it *might* have been fixed by doing the
TIMER_MIGRATING bit right in add_timer_on() (commit 22b886dd1018).

Adding some timer people just in case, but I don't think your 4.1
report is related.