Commit d303de1f authored by Petr Mladek's avatar Petr Mladek Committed by Steven Rostedt (VMware)

tracing: Initialize iter->seq after zeroing in tracing_read_pipe()

A customer reported the following softlockup:

[899688.160002] NMI watchdog: BUG: soft lockup - CPU#0 stuck for 22s! []
[899688.160002] CPU: 0 PID: 16464 Comm: Not tainted 4.12.14-6.23-azure #1 SLE12-SP4
[899688.160002] RIP: 0010:up_write+0x1a/0x30
[899688.160002] Kernel panic - not syncing: softlockup: hung tasks
[899688.160002] RIP: 0010:up_write+0x1a/0x30
[899688.160002] RSP: 0018:ffffa86784d4fde8 EFLAGS: 00000257 ORIG_RAX: ffffffffffffff12
[899688.160002] RAX: ffffffff970fea00 RBX: 0000000000000001 RCX: 0000000000000000
[899688.160002] RDX: ffffffff00000001 RSI: 0000000000000080 RDI: ffffffff970fea00
[899688.160002] RBP: ffffffffffffffff R08: ffffffffffffffff R09: 0000000000000000
[899688.160002] R10: 0000000000000000 R11: 0000000000000000 R12: ffff8b59014720d8
[899688.160002] R13: ffff8b59014720c0 R14: ffff8b5901471090 R15: ffff8b5901470000
[899688.160002]  tracing_read_pipe+0x336/0x3c0
[899688.160002]  __vfs_read+0x26/0x140
[899688.160002]  vfs_read+0x87/0x130
[899688.160002]  SyS_read+0x42/0x90
[899688.160002]  do_syscall_64+0x74/0x160

It caught the process in the middle of trace_access_unlock(). There is
no loop. So, it must be looping in the caller tracing_read_pipe()
via the "waitagain" label.

Crashdump analyze uncovered that iter->seq was completely zeroed
at this point, including iter->seq.seq.size. It means that
print_trace_line() was never able to print anything and
there was no forward progress.

The culprit seems to be in the code:

	/* reset all but tr, trace, and overruns */
	memset(&iter->seq, 0,
	       sizeof(struct trace_iterator) -
	       offsetof(struct trace_iterator, seq));

It was added by the commit 53d0aa77 ("ftrace:
add logic to record overruns"). It was v2.6.27-rc1.
It was the time when iter->seq looked like:

     struct trace_seq {
	unsigned char		buffer[PAGE_SIZE];
	unsigned int		len;

There was no "size" variable and zeroing was perfectly fine.

The solution is to reinitialize the structure after or without

Link: default avatarPetr Mladek <>
Signed-off-by: default avatarSteven Rostedt (VMware) <>
parent fc64e4ad
......@@ -6036,6 +6036,7 @@ tracing_read_pipe(struct file *filp, char __user *ubuf,
sizeof(struct trace_iterator) -
offsetof(struct trace_iterator, seq));
iter->pos = -1;
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