kobject: fix kset_find_obj() race with concurrent last kobject_put()
Anatol Pomozov identified a race condition that hits module unloading
and re-loading. To quote Anatol:
"This is a race codition that exists between kset_find_obj() and
kobject_put(). kset_find_obj() might return kobject that has refcount
equal to 0 if this kobject is freeing by kobject_put() in other
Here is timeline for the crash in case if kset_find_obj() searches for
an object tht nobody holds and other thread is doing kobject_put() on
the same kobject:
THREAD A (calls kset_find_obj()) THREAD B (calls kobject_put())
atomic_dec_return(kobj->kref), counter gets zero here
... starts kobject cleanup ....
spin_lock() // WAIT thread A in kobj_kset_leave()
iterate over kset->list
atomic_inc(kobj->kref) (counter becomes 1)
spin_lock() // taken
// it does not know that thread A increased counter so it
remove obj from list
vfree(module) // frees module object with containing kobj
// kobj points to freed memory area!!
kobject_put(kobj) // OOPS!!!!
The race above happens because module.c tries to use kset_find_obj()
when somebody unloads module. The module.c code was introduced in
Anatol supplied a patch specific for module.c that worked around the
problem by simply not using kset_find_obj() at all, but rather than make
a local band-aid, this just fixes kset_find_obj() to be thread-safe
using the proper model of refusing the get a new reference if the
refcount has already dropped to zero.
See examples of this proper refcount handling not only in the kref
documentation, but in various other equivalent uses of this pattern by
grepping for atomic_inc_not_zero().
[ Side note: the module race does indicate that module loading and
unloading is not properly serialized wrt sysfs information using the
module mutex. That may require further thought, but this is the
correct fix at the kobject layer regardless. ]
Reported-analyzed-and-tested-by: Anatol Pomozov <email@example.com>
Cc: Greg Kroah-Hartman <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Cc: Al Viro <email@example.com>
Signed-off-by: Linus Torvalds <firstname.lastname@example.org>
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