[3.19.y-ckt stable] Patch "drm/fb_helper: Fix references to dev->mode_config.num_connector" has been added to the 3.19.y-ckt tree

Kamal Mostafa kamal at canonical.com
Wed Jul 6 21:00:57 UTC 2016

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

    drm/fb_helper: Fix references to dev->mode_config.num_connector

to the linux-3.19.y-queue branch of the 3.19.y-ckt extended stable tree 
which can be found at:


This patch is scheduled to be released in version 3.19.8-ckt23.

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

For more information about the 3.19.y-ckt tree, see



>From 415deee22f408538cab577a918e24d4f00ed8e71 Mon Sep 17 00:00:00 2001
From: Lyude <cpaul at redhat.com>
Date: Thu, 12 May 2016 10:56:59 -0400
Subject: drm/fb_helper: Fix references to dev->mode_config.num_connector

commit 255f0e7c418ad95a4baeda017ae6182ba9b3c423 upstream.

During boot, MST hotplugs are generally expected (even if no physical
hotplugging occurs) and result in DRM's connector topology changing.
This means that using num_connector from the current mode configuration
can lead to the number of connectors changing under us. This can lead to
some nasty scenarios in fbcon:

- We allocate an array to the size of dev->mode_config.num_connectors.
- MST hotplug occurs, dev->mode_config.num_connectors gets incremented.
- We try to loop through each element in the array using the new value
  of dev->mode_config.num_connectors, and end up going out of bounds
  since dev->mode_config.num_connectors is now larger then the array we

fb_helper->connector_count however, will always remain consistent while
we do a modeset in fb_helper.

Note: This is just polish for 4.7, Dave Airlie's drm_connector
refcounting fixed these bugs for real. But it's good enough duct-tape
for stable kernel backporting, since backporting the refcounting
changes is way too invasive.

Signed-off-by: Lyude <cpaul at redhat.com>
[danvet: Clarify why we need this. Also remove the now unused "dev"
local variable to appease gcc.]
Signed-off-by: Daniel Vetter <daniel.vetter at ffwll.ch>
Link: http://patchwork.freedesktop.org/patch/msgid/1463065021-18280-3-git-send-email-cpaul@redhat.com
Signed-off-by: Kamal Mostafa <kamal at canonical.com>
 drivers/gpu/drm/drm_fb_helper.c | 5 ++---
 1 file changed, 2 insertions(+), 3 deletions(-)

diff --git a/drivers/gpu/drm/drm_fb_helper.c b/drivers/gpu/drm/drm_fb_helper.c
index dc386eb..5149726 100644
--- a/drivers/gpu/drm/drm_fb_helper.c
+++ b/drivers/gpu/drm/drm_fb_helper.c
@@ -1527,7 +1527,6 @@ static int drm_pick_crtcs(struct drm_fb_helper *fb_helper,
 			  int n, int width, int height)
 	int c, o;
-	struct drm_device *dev = fb_helper->dev;
 	struct drm_connector *connector;
 	struct drm_connector_helper_funcs *connector_funcs;
 	struct drm_encoder *encoder;
@@ -1546,7 +1545,7 @@ static int drm_pick_crtcs(struct drm_fb_helper *fb_helper,
 	if (modes[n] == NULL)
 		return best_score;

-	crtcs = kzalloc(dev->mode_config.num_connector *
+	crtcs = kzalloc(fb_helper->connector_count *
 			sizeof(struct drm_fb_helper_crtc *), GFP_KERNEL);
 	if (!crtcs)
 		return best_score;
@@ -1592,7 +1591,7 @@ static int drm_pick_crtcs(struct drm_fb_helper *fb_helper,
 		if (score > best_score) {
 			best_score = score;
 			memcpy(best_crtcs, crtcs,
-			       dev->mode_config.num_connector *
+			       fb_helper->connector_count *
 			       sizeof(struct drm_fb_helper_crtc *));

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