Commit fc865322 authored by Ladi Prosek's avatar Ladi Prosek Committed by Michael S. Tsirkin
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virtio_balloon: init 1st buffer in stats vq

When init_vqs runs, virtio_balloon.stats is either uninitialized or
contains stale values. The host updates its state with garbage data
because it has no way of knowing that this is just a marker buffer
used for signaling.

This patch updates the stats before pushing the initial buffer.

Alternative fixes:
* Push an empty buffer in init_vqs. Not easily done with the current
  virtio implementation and violates the spec "Driver MUST supply the
  same subset of statistics in all buffers submitted to the statsq".
* Push a buffer with invalid tags in init_vqs. Violates the same
  spec clause, plus "invalid tag" is not really defined.

Note: the spec says:
	When using the legacy interface, the device SHOULD ignore all values in
	the first buffer in the statsq supplied by the driver after device
	initialization. Note: Historically, drivers supplied an uninitialized
	buffer in the first buffer.

Unfortunately QEMU does not seem to implement the recommendation
even for the legacy interface.

Signed-off-by: default avatarLadi Prosek <>
Signed-off-by: default avatarMichael S. Tsirkin <>
parent de85ec8b
......@@ -429,6 +429,8 @@ static int init_vqs(struct virtio_balloon *vb)
* Prime this virtqueue with one buffer so the hypervisor can
* use it to signal us later (it can't be broken yet!).
sg_init_one(&sg, vb->stats, sizeof vb->stats);
if (virtqueue_add_outbuf(vb->stats_vq, &sg, 1, vb, GFP_KERNEL)
< 0)
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