[ 3.5.y.z extended stable ] Patch "genirq: Avoid deadlock in spurious handling" has been added to staging queue

Luis Henriques luis.henriques at canonical.com
Tue Feb 26 16:12:34 UTC 2013

This is a note to let you know that I have just added a patch titled

    genirq: Avoid deadlock in spurious handling

to the linux-3.5.y-queue branch of the 3.5.y.z extended stable tree 
which can be found at:


If you, or anyone else, feels it should not be added to this tree, please 
reply to this email.

For more information about the 3.5.y.z tree, see



>From fd467039c01fd1404276dc9c1465898b6169d9c3 Mon Sep 17 00:00:00 2001
From: Thomas Gleixner <tglx at linutronix.de>
Date: Fri, 23 Nov 2012 10:08:44 +0100
Subject: [PATCH] genirq: Avoid deadlock in spurious handling

commit e716efde75267eab919cdb2bef5b2cb77f305326 upstream.

commit 52553ddf(genirq: fix regression in irqfixup, irqpoll)
introduced a potential deadlock by calling the action handler with the
irq descriptor lock held.

Remove the call and let the handling code run even for an interrupt
where only a single action is registered. That matches the goal of
the above commit and avoids the deadlock.

Document the confusing action = desc->action reload in the handling
loop while at it.

Reported-and-tested-by: "Wang, Warner" <warner.wang at hp.com>
Tested-by: Edward Donovan <edward.donovan at numble.net>
Cc: "Wang, Song-Bo (Stoney)" <song-bo.wang at hp.com>
Signed-off-by: Thomas Gleixner <tglx at linutronix.de>
Signed-off-by: Luis Henriques <luis.henriques at canonical.com>
 kernel/irq/spurious.c | 7 +++----
 1 file changed, 3 insertions(+), 4 deletions(-)

diff --git a/kernel/irq/spurious.c b/kernel/irq/spurious.c
index 611cd60..7b5f012 100644
--- a/kernel/irq/spurious.c
+++ b/kernel/irq/spurious.c
@@ -80,13 +80,11 @@ static int try_one_irq(int irq, struct irq_desc *desc, bool force)

 	 * All handlers must agree on IRQF_SHARED, so we test just the
-	 * first. Check for action->next as well.
+	 * first.
 	action = desc->action;
 	if (!action || !(action->flags & IRQF_SHARED) ||
-	    (action->flags & __IRQF_TIMER) ||
-	    (action->handler(irq, action->dev_id) == IRQ_HANDLED) ||
-	    !action->next)
+	    (action->flags & __IRQF_TIMER))
 		goto out;

 	/* Already running on another processor */
@@ -104,6 +102,7 @@ static int try_one_irq(int irq, struct irq_desc *desc, bool force)
 	do {
 		if (handle_irq_event(desc) == IRQ_HANDLED)
 			ret = IRQ_HANDLED;
+		/* Make sure that there is still a valid action */
 		action = desc->action;
 	} while ((desc->istate & IRQS_PENDING) && action);
 	desc->istate &= ~IRQS_POLL_INPROGRESS;

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