Patchwork [2/6] epoll: avoid double-inserts in case of EFAULT

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Submitter Paolo Pisati
Date Oct. 26, 2011, 3:26 p.m.
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Paolo Pisati - Oct. 26, 2011, 3:26 p.m.
From: Davide Libenzi <>

In commit f337b9c58332bdecde965b436e47ea4c94d30da0 ("epoll: drop
unnecessary test") Thomas found that there is an unnecessary (always
true) test in ep_send_events().  The callback never inserts into
->rdllink while the send loop is performed, and also does the
~EP_PRIVATE_BITS test.  Given we're holding the mutex during this time,
the conditions tested inside the loop are always true.


The test "!ep_is_linked(&epi->rdllink)" wasn't there because we insert
into ->rdllink, but because the send-events loop might terminate before
the whole list is scanned (-EFAULT).

In such cases, when the loop terminates early, and when a (leftover)
file received an event while we're performing the lockless loop, we need
such test to avoid to double insert the epoll items.  The list_splice()
done a few steps below, will correctly re-insert the ones that were left
on "txlist".

This should fix the bugzilla entry 11831.

Signed-off-by: Davide Libenzi <>
Signed-off-by: Linus Torvalds <>
(cherry picked from commit 9ce209d64d820a6d5ed6b952e2c0f917faad6031)

Signed-off-by: Paolo Pisati <>
 fs/eventpoll.c |   11 +++++++++--
 1 files changed, 9 insertions(+), 2 deletions(-)


diff --git a/fs/eventpoll.c b/fs/eventpoll.c
index 0e73172..d86c0c9 100644
--- a/fs/eventpoll.c
+++ b/fs/eventpoll.c
@@ -953,8 +953,15 @@  errxit:
 	 * inside the main ready-list here.
 	for (nepi = ep->ovflist; (epi = nepi) != NULL;
-	     nepi = epi->next, epi->next = EP_UNACTIVE_PTR)
-		list_add_tail(&epi->rdllink, &ep->rdllist);
+	     nepi = epi->next, epi->next = EP_UNACTIVE_PTR) {
+		/*
+		 * If the above loop quit with errors, the epoll item might still
+		 * be linked to "txlist", and the list_splice() done below will
+		 * take care of those cases.
+		 */
+		if (!ep_is_linked(&epi->rdllink))
+			list_add_tail(&epi->rdllink, &ep->rdllist);
+	}
 	 * We need to set back ep->ovflist to EP_UNACTIVE_PTR, so that after
 	 * releasing the lock, events will be queued in the normal way inside