Commit e4a60d13 authored by Yijing Wang's avatar Yijing Wang Committed by Greg Kroah-Hartman

sysfs: driver core: Fix glue dir race condition by gdp_mutex

There is a race condition when removing glue directory.
It can be reproduced in following test:

path 1: Add first child device
            /*find parent from glue_dirs.list*/
            list_for_each_entry(k, &dev->class->p->glue_dirs.list, entry)
                    if (k->parent == parent_kobj) {
                            kobj = kobject_get(k);

path2: Remove last child device under glue dir

If path2 has been called cleanup_glue_dir(), but not
call kobject_put(glue_dir), the glue dir is still
in parent's kset list. Meanwhile, path1 find the glue
dir from the glue_dirs.list. Path2 may release glue dir
before path1 call kobject_get(). So kernel will report
the warning and bug_on.

This is a "classic" problem we have of a kref in a list
that can be found while the last instance could be removed
at the same time.

This patch reuse gdp_mutex to fix this race condition.

The following calltrace is captured in kernel 3.4, but
the latest kernel still has this bug.

<4>[ 3965.441471] WARNING: at ...include/linux/kref.h:41 kobject_get+0x33/0x40()
<4>[ 3965.441474] Hardware name: Romley
<4>[ 3965.441475] Modules linked in: isd_iop(O) isd_xda(O)...
<4>[ 3965.441605] Call Trace:
<4>[ 3965.441611]  [<ffffffff8103717a>] warn_slowpath_common+0x7a/0xb0
<4>[ 3965.441615]  [<ffffffff810371c5>] warn_slowpath_null+0x15/0x20
<4>[ 3965.441618]  [<ffffffff81215963>] kobject_get+0x33/0x40
<4>[ 3965.441624]  [<ffffffff812d1e45>] get_device_parent.isra.11+0x135/0x1f0
<4>[ 3965.441627]  [<ffffffff812d22d4>] device_add+0xd4/0x6d0
<4>[ 3965.441631]  [<ffffffff812d0dbc>] ? dev_set_name+0x3c/0x40
<2>[ 3965.441912] kernel BUG at ..../fs/sysfs/group.c:65!
<4>[ 3965.441915] invalid opcode: 0000 [#1] SMP
<4>[ 3965.686743]  [<ffffffff811a677e>] sysfs_create_group+0xe/0x10
<4>[ 3965.686748]  [<ffffffff810cfb04>] blk_trace_init_sysfs+0x14/0x20
<4>[ 3965.686753]  [<ffffffff811fcabb>] blk_register_queue+0x3b/0x120
<4>[ 3965.686756]  [<ffffffff812030bc>] add_disk+0x1cc/0x490
Signed-off-by: default avatarYijing Wang <>
Signed-off-by: default avatarWeng Meiling <>
Cc: <> #3.4+
Signed-off-by: default avatarGreg Kroah-Hartman <>
parent 0df1f248
......@@ -724,12 +724,12 @@ class_dir_create_and_add(struct class *class, struct kobject *parent_kobj)
return &dir->kobj;
static DEFINE_MUTEX(gdp_mutex);
static struct kobject *get_device_parent(struct device *dev,
struct device *parent)
if (dev->class) {
static DEFINE_MUTEX(gdp_mutex);
struct kobject *kobj = NULL;
struct kobject *parent_kobj;
struct kobject *k;
......@@ -793,7 +793,9 @@ static void cleanup_glue_dir(struct device *dev, struct kobject *glue_dir)
glue_dir->kset != &dev->class->p->glue_dirs)
static void cleanup_device_parent(struct device *dev)
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