dm snapshot: fix a possible invalid memory access on unload
authorMikulas Patocka <>
Tue, 17 Feb 2015 19:34:00 +0000 (14:34 -0500)
committerBen Hutchings <>
Sat, 9 May 2015 22:16:18 +0000 (23:16 +0100)
commit 22aa66a3ee5b61e0f4a0bfeabcaa567861109ec3 upstream.

When the snapshot target is unloaded, snapshot_dtr() waits until
pending_exceptions_count drops to zero.  Then, it destroys the snapshot.
Therefore, the function that decrements pending_exceptions_count
should not touch the snapshot structure after the decrement.

pending_complete() calls free_pending_exception(), which decrements
pending_exceptions_count, and then it performs up_write(&s->lock) and it
calls retry_origin_bios() which dereferences  s->origin.  These two
memory accesses to the fields of the snapshot may touch the dm_snapshot
struture after it is freed.

This patch moves the call to free_pending_exception() to the end of
pending_complete(), so that the snapshot will not be destroyed while
pending_complete() is in progress.

Signed-off-by: Mikulas Patocka <>
Signed-off-by: Mike Snitzer <>
Signed-off-by: Ben Hutchings <>

index fec79e7..6b94c3c 100644 (file)
@@ -1444,8 +1444,6 @@ out:
                full_bio->bi_end_io = pe->full_bio_end_io;
                full_bio->bi_private = pe->full_bio_private;
-       free_pending_exception(pe);
@@ -1462,6 +1460,8 @@ out:
        retry_origin_bios(s, origin_bios);
+       free_pending_exception(pe);
 static void commit_callback(void *context, int success)