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SubjectRe: [PATCH] staging: rtl8192u: Fix sleep in atomic context bug in dm_fsync_timer_callback

On Mon, 6 Jun 2022 07:43:11 +0200 greg k-h wrote:

> On Fri, May 20, 2022 at 02:15:41PM +0800, Duoming Zhou wrote:
> > There are sleep in atomic context bugs when dm_fsync_timer_callback is
> > executing. The root cause is that the memory allocation functions with
> > GFP_KERNEL parameter are called in dm_fsync_timer_callback which is a
> > timer handler. The call paths that could trigger bugs are shown below:
> >
> > (interrupt context)
> > dm_fsync_timer_callback
> > write_nic_byte
> > kzalloc(sizeof(data), GFP_KERNEL); //may sleep
> > write_nic_dword
> > kzalloc(sizeof(data), GFP_KERNEL); //may sleep
> >
> > This patch changes allocation mode from GFP_KERNEL to GFP_ATOMIC
> > in order to prevent atomic context sleeping. The GFP_ATOMIC flag
> > makes memory allocation operation could be used in atomic context.
> >
> > Signed-off-by: Duoming Zhou <>
> What commit id does this fix?

Thanks for your time and reply!
The commit id this patch fix is 8fc8598e61f6 ("Staging: Added Realtek rtl8192u driver to staging").

> And how did you find this issue? Did you run the code to verify it
> still works properly?

I find this issue by writing codeql query. I am trying to use usb raw-gadget to simulate
rtl8192u card in order to test this code.

What`s more, I found the usb_control_msg() with GFP_NOIO parameter in write_nic_byte()
and write_nic_dword() may also sleep. So I think use the delayed queue to replace timer
is better.

Best regards,
Duoming Zhou

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