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authorPaul Durrant <>2019-12-10 14:53:05 +0000
committerJuergen Gross <>2019-12-13 08:34:06 +0100
commitfa2ac657f9783f0891b2935490afe9a7fd29d3fa (patch)
parent14855954f63608c5622d5eaa964d3872ce5c5514 (diff)
xen-blkback: prevent premature module unload
Objects allocated by xen_blkif_alloc come from the 'blkif_cache' kmem cache. This cache is destoyed when xen-blkif is unloaded so it is necessary to wait for the deferred free routine used for such objects to complete. This necessity was missed in commit 14855954f636 "xen-blkback: allow module to be cleanly unloaded". This patch fixes the problem by taking/releasing extra module references in xen_blkif_alloc/free() respectively. Signed-off-by: Paul Durrant <> Reviewed-by: Roger Pau Monné <> Signed-off-by: Juergen Gross <>
1 files changed, 10 insertions, 0 deletions
diff --git a/drivers/block/xen-blkback/xenbus.c b/drivers/block/xen-blkback/xenbus.c
index e8c5c54e1d26..d6a6adfd5159 100644
--- a/drivers/block/xen-blkback/xenbus.c
+++ b/drivers/block/xen-blkback/xenbus.c
@@ -171,6 +171,15 @@ static struct xen_blkif *xen_blkif_alloc(domid_t domid)
blkif->domid = domid;
atomic_set(&blkif->refcnt, 1);
+ /*
+ * Because freeing back to the cache may be deferred, it is not
+ * safe to unload the module (and hence destroy the cache) until
+ * this has completed. To prevent premature unloading, take an
+ * extra module reference here and release only when the object
+ * has been freed back to the cache.
+ */
+ __module_get(THIS_MODULE);
INIT_WORK(&blkif->free_work, xen_blkif_deferred_free);
return blkif;
@@ -320,6 +329,7 @@ static void xen_blkif_free(struct xen_blkif *blkif)
/* Make sure everything is drained before shutting down */
kmem_cache_free(xen_blkif_cachep, blkif);
+ module_put(THIS_MODULE);
int __init xen_blkif_interface_init(void)