Bug 8341 - srmcons_get_private_struct() calls kmalloc(GFP_KERNEL) while a spinlock is held
Summary: srmcons_get_private_struct() calls kmalloc(GFP_KERNEL) while a spinlock is held
Alias: None
Product: Platform Specific/Hardware
Classification: Unclassified
Component: Alpha (show other bugs)
Hardware: i386 Linux
: P2 normal
Assignee: Richard Henderson
Depends on:
Reported: 2007-04-16 14:25 UTC by Matthias Kaehlcke
Modified: 2012-02-01 16:05 UTC (History)
1 user (show)

See Also:
Kernel Version: 2.6.20
Regression: ---
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Description Matthias Kaehlcke 2007-04-16 14:25:56 UTC
Problem Description:

srmcons_get_private_struct() in arch/alpha/kernel/srmcons.c calls
kmalloc(GFP_KERNEL) while the spinlock srmconsp_lock is held. this should not be
done as kmalloc(GFP_KERNEL) might sleep

as srmcons_get_private_struct() is only called from srmcons_open() and never
from interrupt context i think the right thing would be using a mutex instead of
a spinlock
Comment 1 Andrew Morton 2007-04-20 14:36:57 UTC
I queued a fix, thanks.
Comment 2 Jiri Slaby 2012-02-01 16:05:20 UTC
(In reply to comment #1)
> I queued a fix, thanks.

Hrm, that made the race there worse ;). (srmconsp is static)

This happened almost 5 years ago. I wonder if anybody uses that driver at all? 

Matthias do you or did you use some static analysis?

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