[lm-sensors] [PATCH v2] MAX1111: Fix Race condition causing NULL pointer exception

Jean Delvare khali at linux-fr.org
Tue Jul 12 08:48:04 CEST 2011

On Mon, 11 Jul 2011 23:49:10 +0200, Pavel Herrmann wrote:
> On Monday 11 of July 2011 14:03:13 Guenter Roeck wrote:
> > On Mon, 2011-07-11 at 16:36 -0400, Pavel Herrmann wrote:
> > > the structure is dynamically allocated, but the pointer used to hold it
> > > is a static global var.
> > 
> > This is true only if CONFIG_SHARPSL_PM is defined, and it assumes that
> > the driver is instantiated exactly once. That is pretty badly broken
> > (the commit introducing it even admits that), and should be fixed. This
> > does not happen CONFIG_SHARPSL_PM is not defined. If CONFIG_SHARPSL_PM
> > _is_ defined in your environment, and you do have multiple instances of
> > the driver (ie if you have multiple MAX1111 chips in your system), a
> > severe problem is that max1111_read_channel() does not identify the
> > driver instance. That can not be fixed with a mutex.
> if you don't have CONFIG_SHARPSL_PM then there is nothing calling 
> max1111_read, and thus any of the discussed doesn't matter

This assumption of yours is incorrect. Even with CONFIG_SHARPSL_PM
disabled, the max1111 driver creates sysfs attributes which, when read,
call max1111_read(). What CONFIG_SHARPSL_PM adds is the in-kernel

> AFAIK max1111 is only used in sharpsl devices (according to kernel drivers 
> anyways), and only one a piece.
> this patch is meant to fix a crash, not make the driver code pretty just in 
> case someone else decides to use it. this patch also doesn't present any more 
> challenges for solving the multiple devices issue and would be necessary 
> either way, as drvdata is not thread-safe anyways (or I am badly mistaken)

You are right, drvdata is not thread-safe, and this is the most obvious
reason why your patch is needed.

Jean Delvare

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