Re: [PATCH v3] skbuff: fix a data race in skb_queue_len()
From: Herbert Xu
Date: Sun Feb 16 2020 - 22:25:09 EST
Jason A. Donenfeld <Jason@xxxxxxxxx> wrote:
> Hi Eric,
> On Tue, Feb 04, 2020 at 01:40:29PM -0500, Qian Cai wrote:
>> - list->qlen--;
>> + WRITE_ONCE(list->qlen, list->qlen - 1);
> Sorry I'm a bit late to the party here, but this immediately jumped out.
> This generates worse code with a bigger race in some sense:
> list->qlen-- is:
> 0: 83 6f 10 01 subl $0x1,0x10(%rdi)
> whereas WRITE_ONCE(list->qlen, list->qlen - 1) is:
> 0: 8b 47 10 mov 0x10(%rdi),%eax
> 3: 83 e8 01 sub $0x1,%eax
> 6: 89 47 10 mov %eax,0x10(%rdi)
> Are you sure that's what we want?
Fixing these KCSAN warnings is actively making the kernel worse.
Why are we still doing this?
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