Commit 44657dbb authored by Paolo Abeni's avatar Paolo Abeni Committed by Greg Kroah-Hartman

pktgen: do not sleep with the thread lock held.

[ Upstream commit 720f1de4021f09898b8c8443f3b3e995991b6e3a ]

Currently, the process issuing a "start" command on the pktgen procfs
interface, acquires the pktgen thread lock and never release it, until
all pktgen threads are completed. The above can blocks indefinitely any
other pktgen command and any (even unrelated) netdevice removal - as
the pktgen netdev notifier acquires the same lock.

The issue is demonstrated by the following script, reported by Matteo:

ip -b - <<'EOF'
	link add type dummy
	link add type veth
	link set dummy0 up
modprobe pktgen
echo reset >/proc/net/pktgen/pgctrl
	echo rem_device_all
	echo add_device dummy0
} >/proc/net/pktgen/kpktgend_0
echo count 0 >/proc/net/pktgen/dummy0
echo start >/proc/net/pktgen/pgctrl &
sleep 1
rmmod veth

Fix the above releasing the thread lock around the sleep call.

Additionally we must prevent racing with forcefull rmmod - as the
thread lock no more protects from them. Instead, acquire a self-reference
before waiting for any thread. As a side effect, running

rmmod pktgen

while some thread is running now fails with "module in use" error,
before this patch such command hanged indefinitely.

Note: the issue predates the commit reported in the fixes tag, but
this fix can't be applied before the mentioned commit.

v1 -> v2:
 - no need to check for thread existence after flipping the lock,
   pktgen threads are freed only at net exit time

Fixes: 6146e6a4 ("[PKTGEN]: Removes thread_{un,}lock() macros.")
Reported-and-tested-by: default avatarMatteo Croce <>
Signed-off-by: default avatarPaolo Abeni <>
Signed-off-by: default avatarDavid S. Miller <>
Signed-off-by: default avatarGreg Kroah-Hartman <>
parent eded0b11
......@@ -3139,7 +3139,13 @@ static int pktgen_wait_thread_run(struct pktgen_thread *t)
while (thread_is_running(t)) {
/* note: 't' will still be around even after the unlock/lock
* cycle because pktgen_thread threads are only cleared at
* net exit
if (signal_pending(current))
goto signal;
......@@ -3154,6 +3160,10 @@ static int pktgen_wait_all_threads_run(struct pktgen_net *pn)
struct pktgen_thread *t;
int sig = 1;
/* prevent from racing with rmmod */
if (!try_module_get(THIS_MODULE))
return sig;
list_for_each_entry(t, &pn->pktgen_threads, th_list) {
......@@ -3167,6 +3177,7 @@ static int pktgen_wait_all_threads_run(struct pktgen_net *pn)
t->control |= (T_STOP);
return sig;
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