Re: [git pull] drm for 6.1-rc1

From: Linus Torvalds
Date: Thu Oct 06 2022 - 19:45:48 EST

On Thu, Oct 6, 2022 at 1:25 PM Dave Airlie <airlied@xxxxxxxxx> wrote:
> [ 1234.778760] BUG: kernel NULL pointer dereference, address: 0000000000000088
> [ 1234.778813] RIP: 0010:drm_sched_job_done.isra.0+0xc/0x140 [gpu_sched]

As far as I can tell, that's the line

struct drm_gpu_scheduler *sched = s_fence->sched;

where 's_fence' is NULL. The code is

0: 0f 1f 44 00 00 nopl 0x0(%rax,%rax,1)
5: 41 54 push %r12
7: 55 push %rbp
8: 53 push %rbx
9: 48 89 fb mov %rdi,%rbx
c:* 48 8b af 88 00 00 00 mov 0x88(%rdi),%rbp <-- trapping instruction
13: f0 ff 8d f0 00 00 00 lock decl 0xf0(%rbp)
1a: 48 8b 85 80 01 00 00 mov 0x180(%rbp),%rax

and that next 'lock decl' instruction would have been the


at the top of drm_sched_job_done().

Now, as to *why* you'd have a NULL s_fence, it would seem that
drm_sched_job_cleanup() was called with an active job. Looking at that
code, it does

if (kref_read(&job->s_fence->finished.refcount)) {
/* drm_sched_job_arm() has been called */

but then it does

job->s_fence = NULL;

anyway, despite the job still being active. The logic of that kind of
"fake refcount" escapes me. The above looks fundamentally racy, not to
say pointless and wrong (a refcount is a _count_, not a flag, so there
could be multiple references to it, what says that you can just
decrement one of them and say "I'm done").

Now, _why_ any of that happens, I have no idea. I'm just looking at
the immediate "that pointer is NULL" thing, and reacting to what looks
like a completely bogus refcount pattern.

But that odd refcount pattern isn't new, so it's presumably some user
on the amd gpu side that changed.

The problem hasn't happened again for me, but that's not saying a lot,
since it was very random to begin with.