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From: Thomas Gleixner <>
To: Tvrtko Ursulin <>
Cc:, Ingo Molnar <>,
	Peter Zijlstra <>,
	Sebastian Andrzej Siewior <>,
	"Paul E. McKenney" <>,
	Boris Ostrovsky <>
Subject: [PATCH] cpu/hotplug: Reset node state after operation
Date: Sat, 21 Oct 2017 16:06:52 +0200 (CEST)	[thread overview]
Message-ID: <alpine.DEB.2.20.1710211606130.3213@nanos> (raw)

The recent rework of the cpu hotplug internals changed the usage of the per
cpu state->node field, but missed to clean it up after usage.

So subsequent hotplug operations use the stale pointer from a previous
operation and hand it into the callback functions. The callbacks then
dereference a pointer which either belongs to a different facility or
points to freed and potentially reused memory. In either case data
corruption and crashes are the obvious consequence.

Reset the node and the last pointers in the per cpu state to NULL after the
operation which set them has completed.

Fixes: 96abb968549c ("smp/hotplug: Allow external multi-instance rollback")
Reported-by: Tvrtko Ursulin <>
Signed-off-by: Thomas Gleixner <>
 kernel/cpu.c |    5 +++++
 1 file changed, 5 insertions(+)

--- a/kernel/cpu.c
+++ b/kernel/cpu.c
@@ -632,6 +632,11 @@ cpuhp_invoke_ap_callback(int cpu, enum c
+	/*
+	 * Clean up the leftovers so the next hotplug operation wont use stale
+	 * data.
+	 */
+	st->node = st->last = NULL;
 	return ret;

             reply	other threads:[~2017-10-21 14:06 UTC|newest]

Thread overview: 5+ messages / expand[flat|nested]  mbox.gz  Atom feed  top
2017-10-21 14:06 Thomas Gleixner [this message]
2017-10-21 14:16 ` [tip:smp/urgent] " tip-bot for Thomas Gleixner
2017-10-22  2:49 ` [PATCH] " Paul E. McKenney
2017-10-22  9:22 ` Peter Zijlstra
2017-10-23  8:01 ` Tvrtko Ursulin

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