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Re: [Qemu-block] [PATCH 4/4] virtio-blk: Clean up start/stop with mutex

From: Paolo Bonzini
Subject: Re: [Qemu-block] [PATCH 4/4] virtio-blk: Clean up start/stop with mutex and BH
Date: Thu, 17 Mar 2016 16:07:22 +0100
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On 17/03/2016 16:00, Stefan Hajnoczi wrote:
>> > +    data = g_new(VirtIOBlockStartData, 1);
>> > +    data->vblk = vblk;
>> > +    data->bh = aio_bh_new(s->ctx, virtio_blk_data_plane_start_bh_cb, 
>> > data);
>> > +    qemu_bh_schedule(data->bh);
>> > +    qemu_mutex_unlock(&s->start_stop_lock);
>> >      return;
> This BH usage pattern is dangerous:
> 1. The BH is created and scheduled.
> 2. Before the BH executes the device is unrealized.
> 3. The data->bh pointer is inaccessible so we have a dangling BH that
>    will access vblk after vblk has been freed.
> In some cases it can be safe but I don't see why the pattern is safe in
> this case.  Either the BH needs to hold some sort of reference to keep
> vblk alive, or vblk needs to know about pending BHs so they can be
> deleted.

You're right.  After unrealizing virtio_blk_data_plane_stop has set of
vblk->dataplane_started = false, so that's covered.  However, you still
need an object_ref/object_object_unref pair.

That said, Christian wasn't testing hotplug/hot-unplug so this shouldn't
matter in his case.  Let's see if we can catch the reentrancy with an


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