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From: tip-bot for Thomas Gleixner <>
Subject: [tip:smp/urgent] cpu/hotplug: Reset node state after operation
Date: Sat, 21 Oct 2017 07:16:47 -0700	[thread overview]
Message-ID: <> (raw)
In-Reply-To: <alpine.DEB.2.20.1710211606130.3213@nanos>

Commit-ID:  1f7c70d6b2bc5de301f30456621e1161fddf4242
Author:     Thomas Gleixner <>
AuthorDate: Sat, 21 Oct 2017 16:06:52 +0200
Committer:  Thomas Gleixner <>
CommitDate: Sat, 21 Oct 2017 16:11:30 +0200

cpu/hotplug: Reset node state after operation

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 <>
Cc: Peter Zijlstra <>
Cc: Sebastian Andrzej Siewior <>
Cc: Boris Ostrovsky <>
Cc: "Paul E. McKenney" <>

 kernel/cpu.c | 5 +++++
 1 file changed, 5 insertions(+)

diff --git a/kernel/cpu.c b/kernel/cpu.c
index d851df2..04892a8 100644
--- a/kernel/cpu.c
+++ b/kernel/cpu.c
@@ -632,6 +632,11 @@ cpuhp_invoke_ap_callback(int cpu, enum cpuhp_state state, bool bringup,
+	/*
+	 * 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 14:21 UTC|newest]

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

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