[PATCH] powerpc: fix oops in pcibios_release_device() after pcibios_free_controller()

Benjamin Herrenschmidt benh at kernel.crashing.org
Tue Jul 5 12:55:31 AEST 2016

On Mon, 2016-07-04 at 22:44 -0300, Mauricio Faria de Oliveira wrote:
> It's possible to hit an oops/crash if pcibios_release_device() accesses the
> phb struct and it had been freed earlier -- by pcibios_free_controller() --
> as the memory it pointed to can be reused.
> If after reuse 'phb->controller_ops.release_device' is non-NULL it will be
> called, but it points to an invalid location (that function pointer is not
> set anywhere in the code, so if it's non-NULL, that's not correct), and so
> it hits an oops and the system crashes.
> The solution is to verify whether 'phb' is still in 'hose_list' before any
> access to it in pcibios_release_device() -- as it is removed from the list
> by pcibios_free_controller() -- and ensure it cannot be used after kfree().
> That problem can happen with the pSeries platform's DLPAR remove operation
> if references to devices are held until after the pcibios_free_controller()
> function runs, and then released - exercising pcibios_release_device() path.

Have you considered instead adding a kref to the PHB and only freeing
it when all devices have been freed ? Or it's too hard to tract device
creation ?


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