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SubjectRe: [PATCH 2/3] KVM: Unconditionally get a ref to /dev/kvm module when creating a VM
On Tue, Aug 16, 2022 at 05:39:36AM +0000, Sean Christopherson wrote:
> Unconditionally get a reference to the /dev/kvm module when creating a VM
> instead of using try_get_module(), which will fail if the module is in
> the process of being forcefully unloaded. The error handling when
> try_get_module() fails doesn't properly unwind all that has been done,
> e.g. doesn't call kvm_arch_pre_destroy_vm() and doesn't remove the VM
> from the global list. Not removing VMs from the global list tends to be
> fatal, e.g. leads to use-after-free explosions.
>
> The obvious alternative would be to add proper unwinding, but the
> justification for using try_get_module(), "rmmod --wait", is completely
> bogus as support for "rmmod --wait", i.e. delete_module() without
> O_NONBLOCK, was removed by commit 3f2b9c9cdf38 ("module: remove rmmod
> --wait option.") nearly a decade ago.

Ah! include/linux/module.h may also need a cleanup then. The comment
above __module_get() explicitly mentions "rmmod --wait", which is what
led me to use try_module_get() for commit 5f6de5cbebee ("KVM: Prevent
module exit until all VMs are freed").

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