[Xenomai] Issue in notifier_callback while threadobj_lock is being held (forge/mercury)

Philippe Gerum rpm at xenomai.org
Sat Apr 26 12:32:35 CEST 2014

On 04/26/2014 10:58 AM, Matthias Schneider wrote:
> Hi all,
> when threadobj_lock is being held and a thread suspension triggers a call of
> notifier_callback, I am experiencing some issues. The scenario in my case
> was a thread being started waiting on threadobj_wait_start()/wait_on_barrier()
> while a thread suspension was already triggered. (In case the started thread is
> of lower priority than the starting thread, threadobj_start() will not wait
> for it).
> The problem I was experiencing (due to timing) was that threadobj_lock()
> was called in notifier_callback(), failed because the mutex was already held
> (by wait_on_barrier()) and thus did not set the threadobj->status variable,
> however, wait_on_barrier() had already unset the status variable before actually
> unlocking the mutex in pthread_cond_wait().
> This caused threadobj_lock() in notifier_callback() return -EDEADLK and not
> doing anything, and threadobj_unlock() to assert on __threadobj_tag_unlocked(thobj)
> due status not reflecting the locked state.
> Additionally I see problems in notifier_callback() in general since it will
> leave the threadobj unlocked on return regardless of its previos state.
> I am not sure how to address this issue, I have helped myself by blocking
> SIGNOTIFY in wait_on_barrier(), but that is obviously an incomplete fix
> (if it is any at all). Probably there are other situtions as well that could
> cause this behavior.
> Any ideas on what to do about that?

There is a single sane option: no code running on top of the SIGNOTIFY 
handler should attempt to grab any lock. notifier_callback() is simply 
wrong in acquiring a lock, only to set the suspend bit in the status. 
There is a better option for reflecting the current state locklessly.

I'll issue a fix.


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