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Date: Fri, 04 Sep 2009 07:58:56 +0800
From: Eugene Teo <>
CC: "Steven M. Christey" <>, Greg KH <>
Subject: Re: CVE request: kernel: tty: make sure to flush any
 pending work when halting the ldisc

Greg KH wrote:
> On Mon, Aug 31, 2009 at 11:52:21AM +0800, Eugene Teo wrote:
>> The tty ldisc code was rewritten to use proper reference counts (commits 
>> 65b770468e98 and cbe9352fa08f) in order to avoid a race with hangup, but 
>> it also introduced another bug that can result in various problems such 
>> as a NULL pointer dereference in run_timer_softirq() or a BUG() in 
>> worker_thread. More info in the patch.
>> Upstream commit:
>> Reproducer:
>> Backtrace:
>> I believe this affects kernel versions greater than v2.6.26. The code in 
>> drivers/char/tty_ldisc.c was from drivers/char/tty_io.c before it was 
>> splitted into its own file in v2.6.27-rc1 (commit 01e1abb2). I did not 
>> investigate further.
> Are you sure about this?  It only looks to be a problem in the 2.6.31-rc
> tree, as both of the above referenced patches are in that tree (showed
> up in 2.6.31-rc6).

Right, so this was introduced between v2.6.31-rc1 and v2.6.31-rc4, with 
commit c65c9bc3 and c8d50041. Thanks for clarifying.

> Do you have a backported patch to 2.6.30 that you think fixes the
> problem?

No, I did not investigate further.

Thanks, Eugene

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