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From: Thorsten Leemhuis <>
To: Moshe Shemesh <>,
	Niklas Schnelle <>,
	Amir Tzin <>, Saeed Mahameed <>
Cc: netdev <>,,
	linux-s390 <>
Subject: Re: Regression in v5.16-rc1: Timeout in mlx5_health_wait_pci_up() may try to wait 245 million years
Date: Thu, 2 Dec 2021 07:52:54 +0100	[thread overview]
Message-ID: <> (raw)
In-Reply-To: <>

Hi, this is your Linux kernel regression tracker speaking.

On 20.11.21 17:38, Moshe Shemesh wrote:
> Thank you for reporting Niklas.
> This is actually a case of use after free, as following that patch the
> recovery flow goes through mlx5_tout_cleanup() while timeouts structure
> is still needed in this flow.
> We know the root cause and will send a fix.

That was twelve days ago, thus allow me asking: has any progress been
made? I could not find any with a quick search on lore.

Ciao, Thorsten

> On 11/19/2021 12:58 PM, Niklas Schnelle wrote:
>> Hello Amir, Moshe, and Saeed,
>> (resent due to wrong netdev mailing list address, sorry about that)
>> During testing of PCI device recovery, I found a problem in the mlx5
>> recovery support introduced in v5.16-rc1 by commit 32def4120e48
>> ("net/mlx5: Read timeout values from DTOR"). It follows my analysis of
>> the problem.
>> When the device is in an error state, at least on s390 but I believe
>> also on other systems, it is isolated and all PCI MMIO reads return
>> 0xff. This is detected by your driver and it will immediately attempt
>> to recovery the device with a mlx5_core driver specific recovery
>> mechanism. Since at this point no reset has been done that would take
>> the device out of isolation this will of course fail as it can't
>> communicate with the device. Under normal circumstances this reset
>> would happen later during the new recovery flow introduced in
>> 4cdf2f4e24ff ("s390/pci: implement minimal PCI error recovery") once
>> firmware has done their side of the recovery allowing that to succeed
>> once the driver specific recovery has failed.
>> With v5.16-rc1 however the driver specific recovery gets stuck holding
>> locks which will block our recovery. Without our recovery mechanism
>> this can also be seen by "echo 1 > /sys/bus/pci/devices/<dev>/remove"
>> which hangs on the device lock forever.
>> Digging into this I tracked the problem down to
>> mlx5_health_wait_pci_up() hangig. I added a debug print to it and it
>> turns out that with the device isolated mlx5_tout_ms(dev, FW_RESET)
>> returns 774039849367420401 (0x6B...6B) milliseconds and we try to wait
>> 245 million years. After reverting that commit things work again,
>> though of course the driver specific recovery flow will still fail
>> before ours can kick in and finally succeed.
>> Thanks,
>> Niklas Schnelle
>> #regzbot introduced: 32def4120e48

P.S.: As a Linux kernel regression tracker I'm getting a lot of reports
on my table. I can only look briefly into most of them. Unfortunately
therefore I sometimes will get things wrong or miss something important.
I hope that's not the case here; if you think it is, don't hesitate to
tell me about it in a public reply. That's in everyone's interest, as
what I wrote above might be misleading to everyone reading this; any
suggestion I gave they thus might sent someone reading this down the
wrong rabbit hole, which none of us wants.

BTW, I have no personal interest in this issue, which is tracked using
regzbot, my Linux kernel regression tracking bot
( I'm only posting
this mail to get things rolling again and hence don't need to be CC on
all further activities wrt to this regression.

#regzbot poke

  reply	other threads:[~2021-12-02  6:52 UTC|newest]

Thread overview: 8+ messages / expand[flat|nested]  mbox.gz  Atom feed  top
2021-11-19 10:58 Niklas Schnelle
2021-11-20 16:38 ` Moshe Shemesh
2021-12-02  6:52   ` Thorsten Leemhuis [this message]
2021-12-02 10:05     ` Moshe Shemesh
2021-12-02 13:56       ` Thorsten Leemhuis
  -- strict thread matches above, loose matches on Subject: below --
2021-11-19 10:47 Niklas Schnelle
2021-11-19 11:38 ` Thorsten Leemhuis
2021-11-19 12:17   ` Thorsten Leemhuis

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