From: Amit Shah on
Alan pointed out a race in the code where hvc_remove is invoked. The
recent virtio_console work is the first user of hvc_remove().

Alan describes it thus:

The hvc_console assumes that a close and remove call can't occur at the
same time.

In addition tty_hangup(tty) is problematic as tty_hangup is asynchronous

So this can happen

hvc_close hvc_remove
hung up ? - no
tty = hp->tty
hp->tty = NULL
notify del
kref_put the hvc struct
close completes
tty is destroyed
tty_hangup dead tty
tty->ops will be NULL

This patch adds some tty krefs and also converts to using tty_vhangup()
before putting the tty kref.

Reported-by: Alan Cox <alan(a)>
Signed-off-by: Amit Shah <amit.shah(a)>
CC: Alan Cox <alan(a)>
CC: linuxppc-dev(a)
CC: Rusty Russell <rusty(a)>

I can't be sure if this is all that's needed. tty people, please take
a look!

drivers/char/hvc_console.c | 7 ++++++-
1 files changed, 6 insertions(+), 1 deletions(-)

diff --git a/drivers/char/hvc_console.c b/drivers/char/hvc_console.c
index d8dac58..3983e32 100644
--- a/drivers/char/hvc_console.c
+++ b/drivers/char/hvc_console.c
@@ -106,6 +106,7 @@ static struct hvc_struct *hvc_get_by_index(int index)
spin_lock_irqsave(&hp->lock, flags);
if (hp->index == index) {
+ tty_kref_get(hp->tty);
spin_unlock_irqrestore(&hp->lock, flags);
return hp;
@@ -390,6 +391,7 @@ static void hvc_close(struct tty_struct *tty, struct file * filp)

kref_put(&hp->kref, destroy_hvc_struct);
+ tty_kref_put(tty);

static void hvc_hangup(struct tty_struct *tty)
@@ -806,6 +808,7 @@ int hvc_remove(struct hvc_struct *hp)
unsigned long flags;
struct tty_struct *tty;

+ tty_kref_get(hp->tty);
spin_lock_irqsave(&hp->lock, flags);
tty = hp->tty;

@@ -830,7 +833,9 @@ int hvc_remove(struct hvc_struct *hp)
* cleaned up the hvc_struct.
if (tty)
- tty_hangup(tty);
+ tty_vhangup(tty);
+ tty_kref_put(hp->tty);
return 0;

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