[Xenomai] Heads up: some race condition fixes for Xenomai 3

Philippe Gerum rpm at xenomai.org
Wed Mar 8 12:29:23 CET 2017

On 03/08/2017 12:25 PM, Jan Kiszka wrote:
> On 2017-03-08 09:54, Philippe Gerum wrote:
>> On 03/07/2017 07:34 PM, Henning Schild wrote:
>>> Am Fri, 26 Jun 2015 16:20:29 +0200
>>> schrieb Jan Kiszka <jan.kiszka at siemens.com>:
>>>> Hi,
>>>> just pushed 3 patches to git.xenomai.org/xenomai-jki.git for-forge
>>>> that are supposed to fix race conditions while manipulating
>>>> xnthread::state and info (both need to be nklock-protected). Please
>>>> review if finding and fixes make sense.
>>>>       cobalt/kernel: Fix locking for xnthread info manipulations
>>>>       cobalt/kernel: Fix locking for setting XNFPU
>>>>       cobalt/kernel: Rework thread debugging helpers
>>>> Maybe some of the issues also exist in Xenomai 2, didn't check yet.
>>> After looking deeper into the the mysterious -EINTR i asked about a few
>>> days ago we now got a trace that suggests something is going wrong. Jan
>>> remembered the race in thread flag manipulation he found in Xeno3.
>>> I did not do a thorough code analysis yet but instead just put two
>>> asserts into xnthread_set_info and xnthread_clear_info.
>>> 1. !xnlock_is_owner(&nklock)
>>> 2. xnpod_current_thread() != thread_to_update
>>> Both cases do happen. The flags are manipulated without holding the
>>> lock and the flags are manipulated from another context. I guess that
>>> suggests that the race found in xenomai3 is also in xenomai2.
>> I would not compare both code bases. Much rewrite took place from the
>> legacy nucleus to the cobalt core.
>> I have reviewed every single statement involving set/clear info bits in
>> 3.x and I can't seem to find any unlocked access for those. Any
>> specifics about the exact locations where your debug statements trigger?
> One quickly discoverable example is in xnshadow_harden
> (xnthread_set/clear_info(curr, XNATOMIC) without nklock protection). And

This is v2. I'm referring to v3.


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