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From: Jens Axboe <axboe@kernel.dk>
To: Jan Kara <jack@suse.cz>, John Lenton <john.lenton@canonical.com>
Cc: Kai-Heng Feng <kaihengfeng@me.com>,
	Tetsuo Handa <penguin-kernel@i-love.sakura.ne.jp>,
	linux-block@vger.kernel.org,
	jean-baptiste.lallement@canonical.com
Subject: Re: [PATCH] loop: Don't change loop device under exclusive opener
Date: Tue, 30 Jul 2019 13:17:28 -0600
Message-ID: <009a7a06-67c5-6b3c-5aa3-7d67ca35fc3a@kernel.dk> (raw)
In-Reply-To: <20190730133607.GD28829@quack2.suse.cz>

On 7/30/19 7:36 AM, Jan Kara wrote:
> On Tue 30-07-19 12:16:46, Jan Kara wrote:
>> On Tue 30-07-19 10:36:59, John Lenton wrote:
>>> On Tue, 30 Jul 2019 at 10:29, Jan Kara <jack@suse.cz> wrote:
>>>>
>>>> Thanks for the notice and the references. What's your version of
>>>> util-linux? What your test script does is indeed racy. You have there:
>>>>
>>>> echo Running:
>>>> for i in {a..z}{a..z}; do
>>>>      mount $i.squash /mnt/$i &
>>>> done
>>>>
>>>> So all mount(8) commands will run in parallel and race to setup loop
>>>> devices with LOOP_SET_FD and mount them. However util-linux (at least in
>>>> the current version) seems to handle EBUSY from LOOP_SET_FD just fine and
>>>> retries with the new loop device. So at this point I don't see why the patch
>>>> makes difference... I guess I'll need to reproduce and see what's going on
>>>> in detail.
>>>
>>> We've observed this in arch with util-linux 2.34, and ubuntu 19.10
>>> (eoan ermine) with util-linux 2.33.
>>>
>>> just to be clear, the initial reports didn't involve a zany loop of
>>> mounts, but were triggered by effectively the same thing as systemd
>>> booted a system with a lot of snaps. The reroducer tries to makes
>>> things simpler to reproduce :-). FWIW,  systemd versions were 244 and
>>> 242 for those systems, respectively.
>>
>> Thanks for info! So I think I see what's going on. The two mounts race
>> like:
>>
>> MOUNT1					MOUNT2
>> num = ioctl(LOOP_CTL_GET_FREE)
>> 					num = ioctl(LOOP_CTL_GET_FREE)
>> ioctl("/dev/loop$num", LOOP_SET_FD, ..)
>>   - returns OK
>> 					ioctl("/dev/loop$num", LOOP_SET_FD, ..)
>> 					  - acquires exclusine loop$num
>> 					    reference
>> mount("/dev/loop$num", ...)
>>   - sees exclusive reference from MOUNT2 and fails
>> 					  - sees loop device is already
>> 					    bound and fails
>>
>> It is a bug in the scheme I've chosen that racing LOOP_SET_FD can block
>> perfectly valid mount. I'll think how to fix this...
> 
> So how about attached patch? It fixes the regression for me.

Jan, I've applied this patch - and also marked it for stable, so it'll
end up in 5.2-stable. Thanks.

-- 
Jens Axboe


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Thread overview: 19+ messages / expand[flat|nested]  mbox.gz  Atom feed  top
2019-05-16 14:01 Jan Kara
2019-05-16 20:44 ` Jens Axboe
2019-05-27 12:29   ` Jan Kara
2019-05-27 13:34     ` Jens Axboe
2019-07-18  8:15       ` Kai-Heng Feng
2019-07-30  9:29         ` Jan Kara
2019-07-30  9:36           ` John Lenton
2019-07-30 10:16             ` Jan Kara
2019-07-30 13:36               ` Jan Kara
2019-07-30 17:59                 ` Kai-Heng Feng
2019-07-30 19:17                 ` Jens Axboe [this message]
2019-07-30 21:11                   ` John Lenton
2019-07-31  8:56                   ` Jan Kara
2019-08-05 16:41                 ` Bart Van Assche
2019-08-05 21:01                   ` Tetsuo Handa
2019-08-07  9:45                   ` Jan Kara
2019-08-07 18:45                     ` Bart Van Assche
2019-08-08 13:37                     ` Jens Axboe
2019-07-30 10:16           ` Tetsuo Handa

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