[3.13.y-ckt stable] Patch "smpboot: Add missing get_online_cpus() in smpboot_register_percpu_thread()" has been added to staging queue

Kamal Mostafa kamal at canonical.com
Thu Mar 19 22:29:21 UTC 2015

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

    smpboot: Add missing get_online_cpus() in smpboot_register_percpu_thread()

to the linux-3.13.y-queue branch of the 3.13.y-ckt extended stable tree 
which can be found at:


This patch is scheduled to be released in version 3.13.11-ckt17.

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

For more information about the 3.13.y-ckt tree, see



>From ca04acbfc1e792f5c4df6d3be2a0cc2c62702965 Mon Sep 17 00:00:00 2001
From: Lai Jiangshan <laijs at cn.fujitsu.com>
Date: Thu, 31 Jul 2014 11:30:17 +0800
Subject: smpboot: Add missing get_online_cpus() in

commit 4bee96860a65c3a62d332edac331b3cf936ba3ad upstream.

The following race exists in the smpboot percpu threads management:

CPU0	      	   	     CPU1

This results in a missing per cpu thread for the newly onlined cpu2 and
in a NULL pointer dereference on a consecutive offline of that cpu.

Proctect smpboot_register_percpu_thread() with get_online_cpus() to
prevent that.

[ tglx: Massaged changelog and removed the change in
        smpboot_unregister_percpu_thread() because that's an
        optimization and therefor not stable material. ]

Signed-off-by: Lai Jiangshan <laijs at cn.fujitsu.com>
Cc: Thomas Gleixner <tglx at linutronix.de>
Cc: Rusty Russell <rusty at rustcorp.com.au>
Cc: Peter Zijlstra <peterz at infradead.org>
Cc: Srivatsa S. Bhat <srivatsa.bhat at linux.vnet.ibm.com>
Cc: David Rientjes <rientjes at google.com>
Link: http://lkml.kernel.org/r/1406777421-12830-1-git-send-email-laijs@cn.fujitsu.com
Signed-off-by: Thomas Gleixner <tglx at linutronix.de>
Signed-off-by: Kamal Mostafa <kamal at canonical.com>
 kernel/smpboot.c | 2 ++
 1 file changed, 2 insertions(+)

diff --git a/kernel/smpboot.c b/kernel/smpboot.c
index eb89e18..60d35ac5 100644
--- a/kernel/smpboot.c
+++ b/kernel/smpboot.c
@@ -279,6 +279,7 @@ int smpboot_register_percpu_thread(struct smp_hotplug_thread *plug_thread)
 	unsigned int cpu;
 	int ret = 0;

+	get_online_cpus();
 	for_each_online_cpu(cpu) {
 		ret = __smpboot_create_thread(plug_thread, cpu);
@@ -291,6 +292,7 @@ int smpboot_register_percpu_thread(struct smp_hotplug_thread *plug_thread)
 	list_add(&plug_thread->list, &hotplug_threads);
+	put_online_cpus();
 	return ret;

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