Commit ac34f15e authored by Dan Williams's avatar Dan Williams

block: fix del_gendisk() vs blkdev_ioctl crash

When tearing down a block device early in its lifetime, userspace may
still be performing discovery actions like blkdev_ioctl() to re-read

The nvdimm_revalidate_disk() implementation depends on
disk->driverfs_dev to be valid at entry.  However, it is set to NULL in
del_gendisk() and fatally this is happening *before* the disk device is
deleted from userspace view.

There's no reason for del_gendisk() to clear ->driverfs_dev.  That
device is the parent of the disk.  It is guaranteed to not be freed
until the disk, as a child, drops its ->parent reference.

We could also fix this issue locally in nvdimm_revalidate_disk() by
using disk_to_dev(disk)->parent, but lets fix it globally since
->driverfs_dev follows the lifetime of the parent.  Longer term we
should probably just add a @parent parameter to add_disk(), and stop
carrying this pointer in the gendisk.

 BUG: unable to handle kernel NULL pointer dereference at           (null)
 IP: [<ffffffffa00340a8>] nvdimm_revalidate_disk+0x18/0x90 [libnvdimm]
 CPU: 2 PID: 538 Comm: systemd-udevd Tainted: G           O    4.4.0-rc5 #2257
 Call Trace:
  [<ffffffff8143e5c7>] rescan_partitions+0x87/0x2c0
  [<ffffffff810f37f9>] ? __lock_is_held+0x49/0x70
  [<ffffffff81438c62>] __blkdev_reread_part+0x72/0xb0
  [<ffffffff81438cc5>] blkdev_reread_part+0x25/0x40
  [<ffffffff8143982d>] blkdev_ioctl+0x4fd/0x9c0
  [<ffffffff811246c9>] ? current_kernel_time64+0x69/0xd0
  [<ffffffff812916dd>] block_ioctl+0x3d/0x50
  [<ffffffff81264c38>] do_vfs_ioctl+0x308/0x560
  [<ffffffff8115dbd1>] ? __audit_syscall_entry+0xb1/0x100
  [<ffffffff810031d6>] ? do_audit_syscall_entry+0x66/0x70
  [<ffffffff81264f09>] SyS_ioctl+0x79/0x90
  [<ffffffff81902672>] entry_SYSCALL_64_fastpath+0x12/0x76
Reported-by: default avatarRobert Hu <>
Signed-off-by: default avatarDan Williams <>
parent 5a023cdb
......@@ -664,7 +664,6 @@ void del_gendisk(struct gendisk *disk)
disk->driverfs_dev = NULL;
if (!sysfs_deprecated)
sysfs_remove_link(block_depr, dev_name(disk_to_dev(disk)));
pm_runtime_set_memalloc_noio(disk_to_dev(disk), false);
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