Re: BUG: unable to handle kernel paging request in snd_seq_oss_readq_puts

From: Dmitry Vyukov
Date: Mon Nov 20 2017 - 07:49:27 EST

On Mon, Nov 20, 2017 at 1:47 PM, Dmitry Vyukov <dvyukov@xxxxxxxxxx> wrote:
> On Wed, Nov 1, 2017 at 8:49 PM, Takashi Iwai <tiwai@xxxxxxx> wrote:
>> On Wed, 01 Nov 2017 19:39:46 +0100,
>> Dmitry Vyukov wrote:
>>> On Wed, Nov 1, 2017 at 9:38 PM, syzbot
>>> <bot+31681772ec7a18dde8d3f8caf475f361a89b9514@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx>
>>> wrote:
>>> > Hello,
>>> >
>>> > syzkaller hit the following crash on
>>> > fc2e8b1a47c14b22c33eb087fca0db58e1f4ed0e
>>> > git://
>>> > compiler: gcc (GCC) 7.1.1 20170620
>>> > .config is attached
>>> > Raw console output is attached.
>>> > C reproducer is attached
>>> > syzkaller reproducer is attached. See
>>> > for information about syzkaller reproducers
>>> This also happened on more recent commits, including upstream
>>> 9c323bff13f92832e03657cabdd70d731408d621 (Oct 20):
>> Could you try the patch below with CONFIG_SND_DEBUG=y and see whether
>> it catches any bad calls? It's already in for-next branch for 4.15.
> Hi Takashi,
> Unfortunately it's not possible to test custom patches in syzbot infrastructure.
> We've experimented with applying a bunch of custom patches in the past
> and it lead to unrecoverable mess. We were not able to communicate
> precise state of code with reports, we were not able to provide
> meaningful report with line numbers that matter (not possible to
> understand what exactly line caused a bug), developers could
> (rightfully) suspect that some bugs might be caused the unknown set of
> private patches, random subset of patches won't apply and that set
> changes over time and depends on order in which we apply patches, etc.
> It's also not possible to dedicate a syzkaller instance with a bunch
> of attached machines for this. First, it will require lots of
> resources (your request is not unique). Then, whenever we test kernel
> we get dozens of bugs. What should we do with these bugs? We don't
> know which are related to your patch and which are not. We can't
> report them upstream (see above). Basically you would need to go
> through these dozens of bugs after testing and do something with each
> of them, but I don't think you want to.
> But we are happy to test whatever is in upstream tree (this patch already is).
> Re CONFIG_SND_DEBUG=y, should we enable it permanently in syzbot configs?
> From our point of view, the more debug configs are enabled, the more
> bugs we find, the better. There just must be somebody who will then
> fix problems uncovered by the config (either bugs of config false
> positives).
> If you will take a look on the config attached to the first mail, do
> you see anything else to fix there re sound? Maybe turn off some
> deprecated configs that nobody uses for a long time? Or enable some
> new configs?

FYI, we are also rolling out syzbot feature that allows testing of
custom patches (but only on the exact reproducer, not general

As far as I understand this was not applicable in this particular
case, but if you need it in future, give it a try.