Re: [PATCH] random: silence compiler warnings and fix race

From: Jason A. Donenfeld
Date: Fri Jun 16 2017 - 20:39:48 EST

On Fri, Jun 16, 2017 at 4:35 PM, Sebastian Andrzej Siewior
<bigeasy@xxxxxxxxxxxxx> wrote:
> I wouldn't just push the lock one up as is but move that write part to
> crng_init to remain within the locked section. Like that:

We can't quite do that, because invalidate_batched_entropy() needs to
be called _before_ crng_init. Otherwise a concurrent call to
get_random_u32/u64() will have crng_init being the wrong value when
the batched entropy is still old.

> Are use about that? I am not sure that the gcc will inline "crng_init"
> read twice. It is not a local variable. READ_ONCE() is usually used
> where gcc could cache a memory access but you do not want this. But hey!
> If someone knows better I am here to learn.

The whole purpose is that I _want_ it to cache the memory access so
that it is _not_ inlined. So, based on your understanding, it does
exactly what I intended it to do. The reason is that I'd like to avoid
a lock imbalance, which could happen if the read is inlined.