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Date: Wed, 29 May 2019 22:02:43 +0100
From: David Howells <dhowells@...hat.com>
To: Jann Horn <jannh@...gle.com>
Cc: dhowells@...hat.com, Greg KH <gregkh@...uxfoundation.org>,
    Al Viro <viro@...iv.linux.org.uk>, raven@...maw.net,
    linux-fsdevel <linux-fsdevel@...r.kernel.org>,
    Linux API <linux-api@...r.kernel.org>, linux-block@...r.kernel.org,
    keyrings@...r.kernel.org,
    linux-security-module <linux-security-module@...r.kernel.org>,
    kernel list <linux-kernel@...r.kernel.org>,
    Kees Cook <keescook@...omium.org>,
    Kernel Hardening <kernel-hardening@...ts.openwall.com>
Subject: Re: [PATCH 1/7] General notification queue with user mmap()'able ring buffer

Jann Horn <jannh@...gle.com> wrote:

> Does this mean that refcount_read() isn't sufficient for what you want
> to do with tracing (because for some reason you actually need to know
> the values atomically at the time of increment/decrement)?

Correct.  There's a gap and if an interrupt or something occurs, it's
sufficiently big for the refcount trace to go weird.

I've seen it in afs/rxrpc where the incoming network packets that are part of
the rxrpc call flow disrupt the refcounts noted in trace lines.

David

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