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authorPetr Mladek <>2021-05-22 17:41:59 -0700
committerLinus Torvalds <>2021-05-22 15:09:07 -1000
commit0f90b88dbcd1143e0f408502eba0af97429c502a (patch)
treece6cec6574aa7a44f834bad3197e33635d95dd36 /MAINTAINERS
parentf70b00496f2a0669fdb19a783e613bdbdedcf901 (diff)
watchdog: reliable handling of timestamps
Commit 9bf3bc949f8a ("watchdog: cleanup handling of false positives") tried to handle a virtual host stopped by the host a more straightforward and cleaner way. But it introduced a risk of false softlockup reports. The virtual host might be stopped at any time, for example between kvm_check_and_clear_guest_paused() and is_softlockup(). As a result, is_softlockup() might read the updated jiffies and detects a softlockup. A solution might be to put back kvm_check_and_clear_guest_paused() after is_softlockup() and detect it. But it would put back the cycle that complicates the logic. In fact, the handling of all the timestamps is not reliable. The code does not guarantee when and how many times the timestamps are read. For example, "period_ts" might be touched anytime also from NMI and re-read in is_softlockup(). It works just by chance. Fix all the problems by making the code even more explicit. 1. Make sure that "now" and "period_ts" timestamps are read only once. They might be changed at anytime by NMI or when the virtual guest is stopped by the host. Note that "now" timestamp does this implicitly because "jiffies" is marked volatile. 2. "now" time must be read first. The state of "period_ts" will decide whether it will be used or the period will get restarted. 3. kvm_check_and_clear_guest_paused() must be called before reading "period_ts". It touches the variable when the guest was stopped. As a result, "now" timestamp is used only when the watchdog was not touched and the guest not stopped in the meantime. "period_ts" is restarted in all other situations. Link: Fixes: 9bf3bc949f8aeefeacea4b ("watchdog: cleanup handling of false positives") Signed-off-by: Petr Mladek <> Reported-by: Sergey Senozhatsky <> Reviewed-by: Sergey Senozhatsky <> Cc: Peter Zijlstra <> Signed-off-by: Andrew Morton <> Signed-off-by: Linus Torvalds <>
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