Re: [PATCH] vfs: introduce UMOUNT_WAIT which waits for umount completion

From: Jaegeuk Kim
Date: Thu Sep 14 2017 - 15:14:52 EST

On 09/14, Al Viro wrote:
> On Thu, Sep 14, 2017 at 02:30:17AM +0100, Al Viro wrote:
> > On Wed, Sep 13, 2017 at 06:10:48PM -0700, Jaegeuk Kim wrote:
> >
> > > Android triggers umount(2) by init process, which is definitely not a kernel
> > > thread. But, we've seen some kernel panics which say umount(2) was succeeded,
> > > but ext4 triggered a kernel panic due to EIO after then like below. I'm also
> > > not sure task_work_run() would be also safe enoughly. May I ask where I can
> > > find sys_umount() calls task_work_run()?
> >
> > ret_{fast,slow}_syscall ->
> > slow_work_pending ->
> > do_work_pending() ->
> > tracehook_notify_resume() ->
> > task_work_run()
> >
> > It's not sys_umount() (or any other sys_...()) - it's syscall dispatcher after
> > having called one of those and before returning to userland. What is guaranteed
> > is that after successful task_work_add() the damn thing will be run in context
> > of originating process before it returns from syscall. So any subsequent
> > syscalls from that process are guaranteed to happen after the work has run.
> > The same happens if the process exits rather than returns to userland (do_exit() ->
> > exit_task_work() -> task_work_run()), but for that you would need it to die in
> > umount(2) (e.g. get kill -9 delivered on the way out).
> >
> > Please, check if you are seeing task_work_add() failure in there and if you do,
> > I would like to see a stack trace. IOW, slap WARN_ON(1); right after
> > if (!task_work_add(task, &mnt->mnt_rcu, true))
> > return;
> > and see what (if anything) gets printed.
> AFAICS, for task_work_add() to fail here we need a final mntput() to be run
> in context of a thread that already had exit_signals() run *and* subsequent
> task_work_run() run to completion (with all pending callbacks executed, along
> with all callbacks added by those, etc.)
> For that to have happened during umount(2) we would've needed
> * killing signal delivered while going through the syscall
> * final mntput() to have been done *NOT* from sys_umount() (otherwise
> the work would've been added before we got to exit_signals())
> * final mntput() to have been done *NOT* from any task_work callbacks
> (otherwise it would've been added before we'd observed a combination of empty
> list of pending work with PF_EXITING)
> I really want to see the stack trace of that failing task_work_add(), if that's
> what actually happens there. What kind of a reproducer do you have for that?

I've got this error from Android user, so there's no reproducer unfortunately.
So, I wrote a script capturing WARN_ON after reboot running at every minute, but
couldn't have got the error since yesterday so far.