cgroups: fix 2.6.32 regression causing BUG_ON() in cgroup_diput()
Dave Anderson [Fri, 8 Jan 2010 22:42:50 +0000 (14:42 -0800)]
The LTP cgroup test suite generates a "kernel BUG at kernel/cgroup.c:790!"
here in cgroup_diput():

                 /*
                  * if we're getting rid of the cgroup, refcount should ensure
                  * that there are no pidlists left.
                  */
                 BUG_ON(!list_empty(&cgrp->pidlists));

The cgroup pidlist rework in 2.6.32 generates the BUG_ON, which is caused
when pidlist_array_load() calls cgroup_pidlist_find():

(1) if a matching cgroup_pidlist is found, it down_write's the mutex of the
     pre-existing cgroup_pidlist, and increments its use_count.
(2) if no matching cgroup_pidlist is found, then a new one is allocated, it
     down_write's its mutex, and the use_count is set to 0.
(3) the matching, or new, cgroup_pidlist gets returned back to pidlist_array_load(),
     which increments its use_count -- regardless whether new or pre-existing --
     and up_write's the mutex.

So if a matching list is ever encountered by cgroup_pidlist_find() during
the life of a cgroup directory, it results in an inflated use_count value,
preventing it from ever getting released by cgroup_release_pid_array().
Then if the directory is subsequently removed, cgroup_diput() hits the
BUG_ON() when it finds that the directory's cgroup is still populated with
a pidlist.

The patch simply removes the use_count increment when a matching pidlist
is found by cgroup_pidlist_find(), because it gets bumped by the calling
pidlist_array_load() function while still protected by the list's mutex.

Signed-off-by: Dave Anderson <anderson@redhat.com>
Reviewed-by: Li Zefan <lizf@cn.fujitsu.com>
Acked-by: Ben Blum <bblum@andrew.cmu.edu>
Cc: Paul Menage <menage@google.com>
Cc: <stable@kernel.org>
Signed-off-by: Andrew Morton <akpm@linux-foundation.org>
Signed-off-by: Linus Torvalds <torvalds@linux-foundation.org>

kernel/cgroup.c

index 0249f4b..1fbcc74 100644 (file)
@@ -2468,7 +2468,6 @@ static struct cgroup_pidlist *cgroup_pidlist_find(struct cgroup *cgrp,
                        /* make sure l doesn't vanish out from under us */
                        down_write(&l->mutex);
                        mutex_unlock(&cgrp->pidlist_mutex);
-                       l->use_count++;
                        return l;
                }
        }