[Xenomai] pthread_setschedparam(invalid_thread)

Jan Kiszka jan.kiszka at siemens.com
Fri Jul 13 19:48:57 CEST 2018

Hi all,

this pattern causes a kernel crash:

int main()
	struct sched_param schedpar;

	schedpar.sched_priority = 1;
	pthread_setschedparam(pthread_self(), SCHED_FIFO, &schedpar);
	pthread_setschedparam(0x1234, SCHED_FIFO, &schedpar);
	return 0;

The second, invalid setschedparam makes the core try to shadow the
current thread - which is already shadowed - and that fails and then
causes a failure in the error cleanup path. But one after the other.

The semantic of pthread_setschedparam(unknown_remote_thread) should be
to just invoke the plain glibc function for that thread. But right now
the core's pthread_setschedparam_ex has no chance to tell a request to
promote the current thread to a shadow apart from a request on an
unknown (or invalid) remote thread ID. We would need to extend the
syscall ABI for that, I'm afraid (pass down pthread_self() as well). Any
better ideas?

The actual crash I'm seeing is related to cobalt_thread_shadow() running
over primary mode, failing with cobalt_map_user() (obviously), and then
calling pthread_discard() -> __xnthread_discard() which finally detects
the wrong caller mode. I guess we want secondary_mode_only() also in
cobalt_map_user() or cobalt_thread_shadow().


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