Commit d3051b48 authored by Prarit Bhargava's avatar Prarit Bhargava Committed by Rusty Russell
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modules, lock around setting of MODULE_STATE_UNFORMED

A panic was seen in the following sitation.

There are two threads running on the system. The first thread is a system
monitoring thread that is reading /proc/modules. The second thread is
loading and unloading a module (in this example I'm using my simple
dummy-module.ko).  Note, in the "real world" this occurred with the qlogic
driver module.

When doing this, the following panic occurred:

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 kernel BUG at kernel/module.c:3739!
 invalid opcode: 0000 [#1] SMP
 Modules linked in: binfmt_misc sg nfsv3 rpcsec_gss_krb5 nfsv4 dns_resolver nfs fscache intel_powerclamp coretemp kvm_intel kvm crct10dif_pclmul crc32_pclmul crc32c_intel ghash_clmulni_intel aesni_intel lrw igb gf128mul glue_helper iTCO_wdt iTCO_vendor_support ablk_helper ptp sb_edac cryptd pps_core edac_core shpchp i2c_i801 pcspkr wmi lpc_ich ioatdma mfd_core dca ipmi_si nfsd ipmi_msghandler auth_rpcgss nfs_acl lockd sunrpc xfs libcrc32c sr_mod cdrom sd_mod crc_t10dif crct10dif_common mgag200 syscopyarea sysfillrect sysimgblt i2c_algo_bit drm_kms_helper ttm isci drm libsas ahci libahci scsi_transport_sas libata i2c_core dm_mirror dm_region_hash dm_log dm_mod [last unloaded: dummy_module]
 CPU: 37 PID: 186343 Comm: cat Tainted: GF          O--------------   3.10.0+ #7
 Hardware name: Intel Corporation S2600CP/S2600CP, BIOS RMLSDP.86I.00.29.D696.1311111329 11/11/2013
 task: ffff8807fd2d8000 ti: ffff88080fa7c000 task.ti: ffff88080fa7c000
 RIP: 0010:[<ffffffff810d64c5>]  [<ffffffff810d64c5>] module_flags+0xb5/0xc0
 RSP: 0018:ffff88080fa7fe18  EFLAGS: 00010246
 RAX: 0000000000000003 RBX: ffffffffa03b5200 RCX: 0000000000000000
 RDX: 0000000000001000 RSI: ffff88080fa7fe38 RDI: ffffffffa03b5000
 RBP: ffff88080fa7fe28 R08: 0000000000000010 R09: 0000000000000000
 R10: 0000000000000000 R11: 000000000000000f R12: ffffffffa03b5000
 R13: ffffffffa03b5008 R14: ffffffffa03b5200 R15: ffffffffa03b5000
 FS:  00007f6ae57ef740(0000) GS:ffff88101e7a0000(0000) knlGS:0000000000000000
 CS:  0010 DS: 0000 ES: 0000 CR0: 0000000080050033
 CR2: 0000000000404f70 CR3: 0000000ffed48000 CR4: 00000000001407e0
 DR0: 0000000000000000 DR1: 0000000000000000 DR2: 0000000000000000
 DR3: 0000000000000000 DR6: 00000000ffff0ff0 DR7: 0000000000000400
  ffffffffa03b5200 ffff8810101e4800 ffff88080fa7fe70 ffffffff810d666c
  ffff88081e807300 000000002e0f2fbf 0000000000000000 ffff88100f257b00
  ffffffffa03b5008 ffff88080fa7ff48 ffff8810101e4800 ffff88080fa7fee0
 Call Trace:
  [<ffffffff810d666c>] m_show+0x19c/0x1e0
  [<ffffffff811e4d7e>] seq_read+0x16e/0x3b0
  [<ffffffff812281ed>] proc_reg_read+0x3d/0x80
  [<ffffffff811c0f2c>] vfs_read+0x9c/0x170
  [<ffffffff811c1a58>] SyS_read+0x58/0xb0
  [<ffffffff81605829>] system_call_fastpath+0x16/0x1b
 Code: 48 63 c2 83 c2 01 c6 04 03 29 48 63 d2 eb d9 0f 1f 80 00 00 00 00 48 63 d2 c6 04 13 2d 41 8b 0c 24 8d 50 02 83 f9 01 75 b2 eb cb <0f> 0b 66 0f 1f 84 00 00 00 00 00 0f 1f 44 00 00 55 48 89 e5 41
 RIP  [<ffffffff810d64c5>] module_flags+0xb5/0xc0
  RSP <ffff88080fa7fe18>

    Consider the two processes running on the system.

    CPU 0 (/proc/modules reader)
    CPU 1 (loading/unloading module)

    CPU 0 opens /proc/modules, and starts displaying data for each module by
    traversing the modules list via fs/seq_file.c:seq_open() and
    fs/seq_file.c:seq_read().  For each module in the modules list, seq_read

            op->start()  <-- this is a pointer to m_start()
            op->show()   <- this is a pointer to m_show()
            op->stop()   <-- this is a pointer to m_stop()

    The m_start(), m_show(), and m_stop() module functions are defined in
    kernel/module.c. The m_start() and m_stop() functions acquire and release
    the module_mutex respectively.

    ie) When reading /proc/modules, the module_mutex is acquired and released
    for each module.

    m_show() is called with the module_mutex held.  It accesses the module
    struct data and attempts to write out module data.  It is in this code
    path that the above BUG_ON() warning is encountered, specifically m_show()

    static char *module_flags(struct module *mod, char *buf)
            int bx = 0;

            BUG_ON(mod->state == MODULE_STATE_UNFORMED);

    The other thread, CPU 1, in unloading the module calls the syscall
    delete_module() defined in kernel/module.c.  The module_mutex is acquired
    for a short time, and then released.  free_module() is called without the
    module_mutex.  free_module() then sets mod->state = MODULE_STATE_UNFORMED,
    also without the module_mutex.  Some additional code is called and then the
    module_mutex is reacquired to remove the module from the modules list:

        /* Now we can delete it from the lists */
        stop_machine(__unlink_module, mod, NULL);

This is the sequence of events that leads to the panic.

CPU 1 is removing dummy_module via delete_module().  It acquires the
module_mutex, and then releases it.  CPU 1 has NOT set dummy_module->state to

CPU 0, which is reading the /proc/modules, acquires the module_mutex and
acquires a pointer to the dummy_module which is still in the modules list.
CPU 0 calls m_show for dummy_module.  The check in m_show() for
MODULE_STATE_UNFORMED passed for dummy_module even though it is being
torn down.

Meanwhile CPU 1, which has been continuing to remove dummy_module without
holding the module_mutex, now calls free_module() and sets
dummy_module->state to MODULE_STATE_UNFORMED.

CPU 0 now calls module_flags() with dummy_module and ...

static char *module_flags(struct module *mod, char *buf)
        int bx = 0;

        BUG_ON(mod->state == MODULE_STATE_UNFORMED);

and BOOM.

Acquire and release the module_mutex lock around the setting of
MODULE_STATE_UNFORMED in the teardown path, which should resolve the

Testing: In the unpatched kernel I can panic the system within 1 minute by

while (true) do insmod dummy_module.ko; rmmod dummy_module.ko; done


while (true) do cat /proc/modules; done

in separate terminals.

In the patched kernel I was able to run just over one hour without seeing
any issues.  I also verified the output of panic via sysrq-c and the output
of /proc/modules looks correct for all three states for the dummy_module.

        dummy_module 12661 0 - Unloading 0xffffffffa03a5000 (OE-)
        dummy_module 12661 0 - Live 0xffffffffa03bb000 (OE)
        dummy_module 14015 1 - Loading 0xffffffffa03a5000 (OE+)

Signed-off-by: default avatarPrarit Bhargava <>
Reviewed-by: default avatarOleg Nesterov <>
Signed-off-by: default avatarRusty Russell <>
parent 184c3fc3
......@@ -1842,7 +1842,9 @@ static void free_module(struct module *mod)
/* We leave it in list to prevent duplicate loads, but make sure
* that noone uses it while it's being deconstructed. */
/* Remove dynamic debug info */
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