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authorTejun Heo <>2015-11-04 12:15:33 -0500
committerThomas Gleixner <>2015-11-04 20:23:19 +0100
commit22b886dd1018093920c4250dee2a9a3cb7cff7b8 (patch)
tree2a10055400b4e484a1e973de52f76e82a3d719f5 /kernel/time/timer.c
parent66ef3493d4bb387f5a83915e33dc893102fd1b43 (diff)
timers: Use proper base migration in add_timer_on()
Regardless of the previous CPU a timer was on, add_timer_on() currently simply sets timer->flags to the new CPU. As the caller must be seeing the timer as idle, this is locally fine, but the timer leaving the old base while unlocked can lead to race conditions as follows. Let's say timer was on cpu 0. cpu 0 cpu 1 ----------------------------------------------------------------------------- del_timer(timer) succeeds del_timer(timer) lock_timer_base(timer) locks cpu_0_base add_timer_on(timer, 1) spin_lock(&cpu_1_base->lock) timer->flags set to cpu_1_base operates on @timer operates on @timer This triggered with mod_delayed_work_on() which contains "if (del_timer()) add_timer_on()" sequence eventually leading to the following oops. BUG: unable to handle kernel NULL pointer dereference at (null) IP: [<ffffffff810ca6e9>] detach_if_pending+0x69/0x1a0 ... Workqueue: wqthrash wqthrash_workfunc [wqthrash] task: ffff8800172ca680 ti: ffff8800172d0000 task.ti: ffff8800172d0000 RIP: 0010:[<ffffffff810ca6e9>] [<ffffffff810ca6e9>] detach_if_pending+0x69/0x1a0 ... Call Trace: [<ffffffff810cb0b4>] del_timer+0x44/0x60 [<ffffffff8106e836>] try_to_grab_pending+0xb6/0x160 [<ffffffff8106e913>] mod_delayed_work_on+0x33/0x80 [<ffffffffa0000081>] wqthrash_workfunc+0x61/0x90 [wqthrash] [<ffffffff8106dba8>] process_one_work+0x1e8/0x650 [<ffffffff8106e05e>] worker_thread+0x4e/0x450 [<ffffffff810746af>] kthread+0xef/0x110 [<ffffffff8185980f>] ret_from_fork+0x3f/0x70 Fix it by updating add_timer_on() to perform proper migration as __mod_timer() does. Reported-and-tested-by: Jeff Layton <> Signed-off-by: Tejun Heo <> Cc: Chris Worley <> Cc: Cc: Michael Skralivetsky <> Cc: Trond Myklebust <> Cc: Shaohua Li <> Cc: Jeff Layton <> Cc: Cc: Link: Link: Signed-off-by: Thomas Gleixner <>
Diffstat (limited to 'kernel/time/timer.c')
1 files changed, 19 insertions, 3 deletions
diff --git a/kernel/time/timer.c b/kernel/time/timer.c
index 74591ba9474f..bbc5d1114583 100644
--- a/kernel/time/timer.c
+++ b/kernel/time/timer.c
@@ -977,13 +977,29 @@ EXPORT_SYMBOL(add_timer);
void add_timer_on(struct timer_list *timer, int cpu)
- struct tvec_base *base = per_cpu_ptr(&tvec_bases, cpu);
+ struct tvec_base *new_base = per_cpu_ptr(&tvec_bases, cpu);
+ struct tvec_base *base;
unsigned long flags;
BUG_ON(timer_pending(timer) || !timer->function);
- spin_lock_irqsave(&base->lock, flags);
- timer->flags = (timer->flags & ~TIMER_BASEMASK) | cpu;
+ /*
+ * If @timer was on a different CPU, it should be migrated with the
+ * old base locked to prevent other operations proceeding with the
+ * wrong base locked. See lock_timer_base().
+ */
+ base = lock_timer_base(timer, &flags);
+ if (base != new_base) {
+ timer->flags |= TIMER_MIGRATING;
+ spin_unlock(&base->lock);
+ base = new_base;
+ spin_lock(&base->lock);
+ WRITE_ONCE(timer->flags,
+ (timer->flags & ~TIMER_BASEMASK) | cpu);
+ }
debug_activate(timer, timer->expires);
internal_add_timer(base, timer);
spin_unlock_irqrestore(&base->lock, flags);