Re: Kernel Oops while disconnecting USB peripheral (always)

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On 28.07.2012 15:25, Bjørn Mork wrote:
> Daniel Mack <zonque@xxxxxxxxx> writes:
>> On 28.07.2012 14:27, Bjørn Mork wrote:
>>
>>> The reason is this change:
>>>
>>>  0998d0631 device-core: Ensure drvdata = NULL when no driver is bound
>>>
>>>
>>> It will make bugs like this suddenly 100% reproducible.  But the bugs
>>> *are* in the drivers, and may have been there for a long time.  The
>>> drivers have been accessing drvdata after unbinding.  They just didn't
>>> crash prior to that commit.
> 
> I just realized that I might have been concluding too quickly here, as
> usual.. 
> 
> The crashes referred to in this thread were not NULL pointer
> dereferences, which makes it less likely that this change is the
> cause. Could of course still be related somehow, but not directly.
> 
> 
>>> But the commit is correct, and a very much needed improvement if my
>>> assumptions are correct.  The drivers need fixing and this just makes it
>>> evident.
>>
>> Hmm, interesting. Thanks for sharing this. I personally never saw this
>> bug kicking in, but if I understand your findings correctly, we would
>> need something like the following patch for snd-usb and the storage driver?
>>
>> Sarbojit, could you give this a test and see whether your kernel still
>> crashes in any of the two drivers?
>>
>>
>> Thanks,
>> Daniel
>>
>>
>>
>> diff --git a/sound/usb/card.c b/sound/usb/card.c
>> index d5b5c33..0e8caaa 100644
>> --- a/sound/usb/card.c
>> +++ b/sound/usb/card.c
>> @@ -555,7 +555,7 @@ static void snd_usb_audio_disconnect(struct
>> usb_device *dev,
>>         struct snd_card *card;
>>         struct list_head *p;
>>
>> -       if (chip == (void *)-1L)
>> +       if (chip == (void *)-1L || chip == NULL)
>>                 return;
> 
> I may be wrong, but I don't think you need this is disconnect.  The
> driver will not be unbound until after disconnect returns.

I thought so too, yes. Still, as I don't fully understand the call trace
that is involved across all the driver layers, I thought it might we
worth a try if that fixes it.

> But IMHO, the usage of (void *)-1L as invalid drvdata marker in that
> driver should be replaced with NULL.  suspend/resume may also be unsafe
> for example.

Could be, but Sarbojit reported crashes on disconnect, not on suspend.

> I don't really think you need those changes for the same reasons I gave
> above.
> 
> Sorry if my comment just confused the search for this bug.  bisecting it
> is probably the easiest way to locate it after all.

Yes, definitely.


Thanks, anyway,
Daniel

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