[3.5.y.z,extended,stable] Patch "panic: fix a possible deadlock in panic()" has been added to staging queue

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Luis Henriques April 11, 2013, 9:09 a.m.
This is a note to let you know that I have just added a patch titled

    panic: fix a possible deadlock in panic()

to the linux-3.5.y-queue branch of the 3.5.y.z extended stable tree 
which can be found at:


If you, or anyone else, feels it should not be added to this tree, please 
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From c481d1cb9d502679d1ce6d7334729340f55ec595 Mon Sep 17 00:00:00 2001
From: Vikram Mulukutla <markivx@codeaurora.org>
Date: Mon, 30 Jul 2012 14:39:58 -0700
Subject: [PATCH] panic: fix a possible deadlock in panic()

commit 190320c3b6640d4104650f55ff69611e050ea06b upstream.

panic_lock is meant to ensure that panic processing takes place only on
one cpu; if any of the other cpus encounter a panic, they will spin
waiting to be shut down.

However, this causes a regression in this scenario:

1. Cpu 0 encounters a panic and acquires the panic_lock
   and proceeds with the panic processing.
2. There is an interrupt on cpu 0 that also encounters
   an error condition and invokes panic.
3. This second invocation fails to acquire the panic_lock
   and enters the infinite while loop in panic_smp_self_stop.

Thus all panic processing is stopped, and the cpu is stuck for eternity
in the while(1) inside panic_smp_self_stop.

To address this, disable local interrupts with local_irq_disable before
acquiring the panic_lock.  This will prevent interrupt handlers from
executing during the panic processing, thus avoiding this particular

Signed-off-by: Vikram Mulukutla <markivx@codeaurora.org>
Reviewed-by: Stephen Boyd <sboyd@codeaurora.org>
Cc: Michael Holzheu <holzheu@linux.vnet.ibm.com>
Signed-off-by: Andrew Morton <akpm@linux-foundation.org>
Signed-off-by: Linus Torvalds <torvalds@linux-foundation.org>
Signed-off-by: Luis Henriques <luis.henriques@canonical.com>
 kernel/panic.c | 8 ++++++++
 1 file changed, 8 insertions(+)



diff --git a/kernel/panic.c b/kernel/panic.c
index d2a5f4e..e1b2822 100644
--- a/kernel/panic.c
+++ b/kernel/panic.c
@@ -75,6 +75,14 @@  void panic(const char *fmt, ...)
 	int state = 0;

+	 * Disable local interrupts. This will prevent panic_smp_self_stop
+	 * from deadlocking the first cpu that invokes the panic, since
+	 * there is nothing to prevent an interrupt handler (that runs
+	 * after the panic_lock is acquired) from invoking panic again.
+	 */
+	local_irq_disable();
+	/*
 	 * It's possible to come here directly from a panic-assertion and
 	 * not have preempt disabled. Some functions called from here want
 	 * preempt to be disabled. No point enabling it later though...