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authorPetr Mladek <pmladek@suse.com>2016-12-14 15:05:58 -0800
committerLinus Torvalds <torvalds@linux-foundation.org>2016-12-14 16:04:08 -0800
commit34aaff40b42148b23dcde40152480e25c7d2d759 (patch)
tree796f3d19fb9e51e3f6bb73722dcae6e224a36d8f /usr
parentd5d8d3d0d4adcc3aec6e2e0fb656165014a712b7 (diff)
kdb: call vkdb_printf() from vprintk_default() only when wanted
kdb_trap_printk allows to pass normal printk() messages to kdb via vkdb_printk(). For example, it is used to get backtrace using the classic show_stack(), see kdb_show_stack(). vkdb_printf() tries to avoid a potential infinite loop by disabling the trap. But this approach is racy, for example: CPU1 CPU2 vkdb_printf() // assume that kdb_trap_printk == 0 saved_trap_printk = kdb_trap_printk; kdb_trap_printk = 0; kdb_show_stack() kdb_trap_printk++; Problem1: Now, a nested printk() on CPU0 calls vkdb_printf() even when it should have been disabled. It will not cause a deadlock but... // using the outdated saved value: 0 kdb_trap_printk = saved_trap_printk; kdb_trap_printk--; Problem2: Now, kdb_trap_printk == -1 and will stay like this. It means that all messages will get passed to kdb from now on. This patch removes the racy saved_trap_printk handling. Instead, the recursion is prevented by a check for the locked CPU. The solution is still kind of racy. A non-related printk(), from another process, might get trapped by vkdb_printf(). And the wanted printk() might not get trapped because kdb_printf_cpu is assigned. But this problem existed even with the original code. A proper solution would be to get_cpu() before setting kdb_trap_printk and trap messages only from this CPU. I am not sure if it is worth the effort, though. In fact, the race is very theoretical. When kdb is running any of the commands that use kdb_trap_printk there is a single active CPU and the other CPUs should be in a holding pen inside kgdb_cpu_enter(). The only time this is violated is when there is a timeout waiting for the other CPUs to report to the holding pen. Finally, note that the situation is a bit schizophrenic. vkdb_printf() explicitly allows recursion but only from KDB code that calls kdb_printf() directly. On the other hand, the generic printk() recursion is not allowed because it might cause an infinite loop. This is why we could not hide the decision inside vkdb_printf() easily. Link: http://lkml.kernel.org/r/1480412276-16690-4-git-send-email-pmladek@suse.com Signed-off-by: Petr Mladek <pmladek@suse.com> Cc: Daniel Thompson <daniel.thompson@linaro.org> Cc: Jason Wessel <jason.wessel@windriver.com> Cc: Peter Zijlstra <peterz@infradead.org> Cc: Sergey Senozhatsky <sergey.senozhatsky@gmail.com> Signed-off-by: Andrew Morton <akpm@linux-foundation.org> Signed-off-by: Linus Torvalds <torvalds@linux-foundation.org>
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