ALSA: hda: Fix widget_mutex incomplete protection

The widget_mutex was introduced to serialize callers to
hda_widget_sysfs_{re}init. However, its protection of the sysfs widget array
is incomplete. For example, it is acquired around the call to
hda_widget_sysfs_reinit(), which actually creates the new array, but isn't
still acquired when codec->num_nodes and codec->start_nid is updated. So
the lock ensures one thread sets up the new array at a time, but doesn't
ensure which thread's value will end up in codec->num_nodes. If a larger
num_nodes wins but a smaller array was set up, the next call to
refresh_widgets() will touch free memory as it iterates over codec->num_nodes
that aren't there.

The widget_lock really protects both the tree as well as codec->num_nodes,
start_nid, and end_nid, so make sure it's held across that update. It should
also be held during snd_hdac_get_sub_nodes(), so that a very old read from that
function doesn't end up clobbering a later update.

Fixes: ed180abba7f1 ("ALSA: hda: Fix race between creating and refreshing sysfs entries")
Signed-off-by: Evan Green <>
Signed-off-by: Takashi Iwai <>
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