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authorAl Viro <>2020-09-10 08:33:27 -0400
committerGreg Kroah-Hartman <>2020-10-07 08:02:55 +0200
commit4306cae1d98aeb05e85f8ccdb245b5acf96868f8 (patch)
parenta6a47119b527f894409fb3dc6177e05c89085c64 (diff)
epoll: EPOLL_CTL_ADD: close the race in decision to take fast path
commit fe0a916c1eae8e17e86c3753d13919177d63ed7e upstream. Checking for the lack of epitems refering to the epoll we want to insert into is not enough; we might have an insertion of that epoll into another one that has already collected the set of files to recheck for excessive reverse paths, but hasn't gotten to creating/inserting the epitem for it. However, any such insertion in progress can be detected - it will update the generation count in our epoll when it's done looking through it for files to check. That gets done under ->mtx of our epoll and that allows us to detect that safely. We are *not* holding epmutex here, so the generation count is not stable. However, since both the update of ep->gen by loop check and (later) insertion into ->f_ep_link are done with ep->mtx held, we are fine - the sequence is grab epmutex bump loop_check_gen ... grab tep->mtx // 1 tep->gen = loop_check_gen ... drop tep->mtx // 2 ... grab tep->mtx // 3 ... insert into ->f_ep_link ... drop tep->mtx // 4 bump loop_check_gen drop epmutex and if the fastpath check in another thread happens for that eventpoll, it can come * before (1) - in that case fastpath is just fine * after (4) - we'll see non-empty ->f_ep_link, slow path taken * between (2) and (3) - loop_check_gen is stable, with ->mtx providing barriers and we end up taking slow path. Note that ->f_ep_link emptiness check is slightly racy - we are protected against insertions into that list, but removals can happen right under us. Not a problem - in the worst case we'll end up taking a slow path for no good reason. Signed-off-by: Al Viro <> Signed-off-by: Greg Kroah-Hartman <>
1 files changed, 1 insertions, 0 deletions
diff --git a/fs/eventpoll.c b/fs/eventpoll.c
index 82ab9a25f12f..16313180e4c1 100644
--- a/fs/eventpoll.c
+++ b/fs/eventpoll.c
@@ -2181,6 +2181,7 @@ int do_epoll_ctl(int epfd, int op, int fd, struct epoll_event *epds,
goto error_tgt_fput;
if (op == EPOLL_CTL_ADD) {
if (!list_empty(&f.file->f_ep_links) ||
+ ep->gen == loop_check_gen ||
is_file_epoll(tf.file)) {
error = epoll_mutex_lock(&epmutex, 0, nonblock);