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[Qemu-devel] [PULL 09/16] spapr_rng: fix race with main loop

From: David Gibson
Subject: [Qemu-devel] [PULL 09/16] spapr_rng: fix race with main loop
Date: Wed, 16 Mar 2016 16:07:01 +1100

From: Greg Kurz <address@hidden>

Since commit "60253ed1e6ec rng: add request queue support to rng-random",
the use of a spapr_rng device may hang vCPU threads.

The following path is taken without holding the lock to the main loop mutex:


The consequence is that entropy_available() may be called before the vCPU
thread could even queue the request: depending on the scheduling, it may
happen that entropy_available() does not call random_recv()->qemu_sem_post().
The vCPU thread will then sleep forever in h_random()->qemu_sem_wait().

This could not happen before 60253ed1e6ec because entropy_available() used
to call random_recv() unconditionally.

This patch ensures the lock is held to avoid the race.

Signed-off-by: Greg Kurz <address@hidden>
Reviewed-by: C├ędric Le Goater <address@hidden>
Reviewed-by: Thomas Huth <address@hidden>
Signed-off-by: David Gibson <address@hidden>
 hw/ppc/spapr_rng.c | 4 ++--
 1 file changed, 2 insertions(+), 2 deletions(-)

diff --git a/hw/ppc/spapr_rng.c b/hw/ppc/spapr_rng.c
index a39d472..02d6be4 100644
--- a/hw/ppc/spapr_rng.c
+++ b/hw/ppc/spapr_rng.c
@@ -77,13 +77,13 @@ static target_ulong h_random(PowerPCCPU *cpu, 
sPAPRMachineState *spapr,
     hrdata.val.v64 = 0;
     hrdata.received = 0;
-    qemu_mutex_unlock_iothread();
     while (hrdata.received < 8) {
         rng_backend_request_entropy(rngstate->backend, 8 - hrdata.received,
                                     random_recv, &hrdata);
+        qemu_mutex_unlock_iothread();
+        qemu_mutex_lock_iothread();
-    qemu_mutex_lock_iothread();
     args[0] = hrdata.val.v64;

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