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authorJohannes Berg <johannes.berg@intel.com>2015-01-16 11:37:14 +0100
committerDavid S. Miller <davem@davemloft.net>2015-01-16 17:04:25 -0500
commitee1c244219fd652964710a6cc3e4f922e86aa492 (patch)
tree4420f067c6b1bbec48aa33a6ab96c627e2c2dbde /include
parent5ad6300524c0332ac67e912c20d6e5cf262ba58f (diff)
genetlink: synchronize socket closing and family removal
In addition to the problem Jeff Layton reported, I looked at the code and reproduced the same warning by subscribing and removing the genl family with a socket still open. This is a fairly tricky race which originates in the fact that generic netlink allows the family to go away while sockets are still open - unlike regular netlink which has a module refcount for every open socket so in general this cannot be triggered. Trying to resolve this issue by the obvious locking isn't possible as it will result in deadlocks between unregistration and group unbind notification (which incidentally lockdep doesn't find due to the home grown locking in the netlink table.) To really resolve this, introduce a "closing socket" reference counter (for generic netlink only, as it's the only affected family) in the core netlink code and use that in generic netlink to wait for all the sockets that are being closed at the same time as a generic netlink family is removed. This fixes the race that when a socket is closed, it will should call the unbind, but if the family is removed at the same time the unbind will not find it, leading to the warning. The real problem though is that in this case the unbind could actually find a new family that is registered to have a multicast group with the same ID, and call its mcast_unbind() leading to confusing. Also remove the warning since it would still trigger, but is now no longer a problem. This also moves the code in af_netlink.c to before unreferencing the module to avoid having the same problem in the normal non-genl case. Signed-off-by: Johannes Berg <johannes.berg@intel.com> Signed-off-by: David S. Miller <davem@davemloft.net>
Diffstat (limited to 'include')
2 files changed, 8 insertions, 1 deletions
diff --git a/include/linux/genetlink.h b/include/linux/genetlink.h
index 55b685719d52..09460d6d6682 100644
--- a/include/linux/genetlink.h
+++ b/include/linux/genetlink.h
@@ -11,6 +11,10 @@ extern void genl_unlock(void);
extern int lockdep_genl_is_held(void);
+/* for synchronisation between af_netlink and genetlink */
+extern atomic_t genl_sk_destructing_cnt;
+extern wait_queue_head_t genl_sk_destructing_waitq;
* rcu_dereference_genl - rcu_dereference with debug checking
* @p: The pointer to read, prior to dereferencing
diff --git a/include/net/genetlink.h b/include/net/genetlink.h
index 2ea2c55bdc87..6c92415311ca 100644
--- a/include/net/genetlink.h
+++ b/include/net/genetlink.h
@@ -35,7 +35,10 @@ struct genl_info;
* undo operations done by pre_doit, for example release locks
* @mcast_bind: a socket bound to the given multicast group (which
* is given as the offset into the groups array)
- * @mcast_unbind: a socket was unbound from the given multicast group
+ * @mcast_unbind: a socket was unbound from the given multicast group.
+ * Note that unbind() will not be called symmetrically if the
+ * generic netlink family is removed while there are still open
+ * sockets.
* @attrbuf: buffer to store parsed attributes
* @family_list: family list
* @mcgrps: multicast groups used by this family (private)

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