[PATCH 0/3] x86: Fix panic vs. NMI issues
mhocko at kernel.org
Thu Jul 23 04:25:33 PDT 2015
On Thu 23-07-15 19:11:03, Hidehiro Kawai wrote:
> Thanks for the feedback.
> (2015/07/23 17:25), Michal Hocko wrote:
> > Hi,
> > On Wed 22-07-15 11:14:21, Hidehiro Kawai wrote:
> >> When an HA cluster software or administrator detects non-response
> >> of a host, they issue an NMI to the host to completely stop current
> >> works and take a crash dump. If the kernel has already panicked
> >> or is capturing a crash dump at that time, further NMI can cause
> >> a crash dump failure.
> >> To solve this issue, this patch set does two things:
> >> - Don't panic on NMI if the kernel has already panicked
> >> - Introduce "noextnmi" boot option which masks external NMI at the
> >> boot time (supported only for x86)
> > I am currently debugging the same issue for our customer. Curiously
> > enough the issue happens on a Hitachi HW.
> I found these issues by my white-box testing and source code
> reading. So, they haven't happened on our customers yet, but
> possibly happen.
> > I haven't posted my patch for an upstream review yet because I still
> > do not have a feedback but I believe your solution is unnecessarily
> > too complex. Unless I am missing something the following should be enough,
> > no?
> Your patch solves some cases, but I think it wouldn't cover
> all cases where I want to solve. How about the following cases?
> 1) panic -> acquire panic_lock -> unknown NMI on this CPU ->
> panic -> failed to acquire panic_lock -> infinite loop
> ==> no one processes kdump procedure.
Ohh, I wasn't aware of panic_lock, 93e13a360ba3 ("kdump: fix
crash_kexec()/smp_send_stop() race in panic()") has been introduced in
3.3 and I was debugging this on 3.0 based kernel.
> 2) crash_kexec w/o entering panic -> acquire kexec_mutex ->
> unknown NMI on this CPU -> panic -> crash_kexec ->
> failed to acquire kexec_mutex -> return to panic -> smp_send_stop
> Even if with your patch, case 2) causes infinite loop of
> try_crash_kexec and no one processes kdump procedure.
You are right - I have missed this case.
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