Home
Reading
Searching
Subscribe
Sponsors
Statistics
Posting
Contact
Spam
Lists
Links
About
Hosting
Filtering
Features Download
Marketing
Archives
FAQ
Blog
 
Gmane
From: Andi Kleen <andi <at> firstfloor.org>
Subject: [PATCH] [0/9] SYSCTL: Use RCU to avoid races with string sysctls v2
Newsgroups: gmane.linux.kernel
Date: Tuesday 5th January 2010 02:15:25 UTC (over 6 years ago)
v2 version that addresses all the earlier review comments
minus patches that were already merged.

I think this one is ready for merge now. Andrew, could you please
take it?

Signed-off-by: Andi Kleen 

---

With BKL-less sysctls most of the writable string sysctls are racy. There
is no locking on the reader side, so a reader could see an inconsistent
string or worse miss the terminating null and walk of beyond it.

This patch kit adds a new "rcu string" variant to avoid these 
problems and convers the racy users. One the writer side the strings are 
always copied to new memory and the readers use rcu_read_lock()
to get a stable view. For readers who access the string over
sleeps the reader copies the string. 

This is all hidden in a new generic "rcu_string" ADT which can be also 
used for other purposes.

This finally implements all the letters in RCU, most other users
leave out the 'C'.

I left some obscure users in architectures (sparc, mips) alone and audited
all of the others. The sparc reboot_cmd one has references to asm files
which I didn't want to touch and the mips variant seemd just too obscure.

All the others are not racy.

-Andi
 
CD: 3ms