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Subject[PATCH 04/24] tty: Fix ref counting for port krefs
The tty core supports two models for handling tty_port lifetimes;
the tty_port can use the kref supplied by tty_port (which will
automatically destruct the tty_port when the ref count drops to
zero) or it can destruct the tty_port manually.

For tty drivers that choose to use the port kref to manage the
tty_port lifetime, it is not possible to safely acquire a port
reference conditionally. If the last reference is released after
evaluating the condition but before acquiring the reference, a
bogus reference will be held while the tty_port destruction

Rather, only acquire a port reference if the ref count is non-zero
and allow the caller to distinguish if a reference has successfully
been acquired.

Cc: Jiri Slaby <>
Cc: Greg Kroah-Hartman <>
Signed-off-by: Peter Hurley <>
include/linux/tty.h | 6 +++---
1 file changed, 3 insertions(+), 3 deletions(-)

diff --git a/include/linux/tty.h b/include/linux/tty.h
index 90b4fdc..4781d7b 100644
--- a/include/linux/tty.h
+++ b/include/linux/tty.h
@@ -518,9 +518,9 @@ extern void tty_port_put(struct tty_port *port);

static inline struct tty_port *tty_port_get(struct tty_port *port)
- if (port)
- kref_get(&port->kref);
- return port;
+ if (port && kref_get_unless_zero(&port->kref))
+ return port;
+ return NULL;

/* If the cts flow control is enabled, return true. */

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