[stgt] [PATCH v3] tgtd: refresh ready fds of event loop after event deletion

Hitoshi Mitake mitake.hitoshi at lab.ntt.co.jp
Wed Feb 26 06:13:22 CET 2014

Current main event loop (event_loop()) of tgtd has a possibility of
segmentation fault. The problem is caused by the below sequence:

1. Event A, B are ready so epoll_wait(2) returns.
2. The handler of the event A is called. In the event handler, the
   event B is deleted with tgt_event_del()
3. event_loop() tries to call the handler of the event B. It causes
   segfault because the event struct is already removed and freed.

For avoid this problem, this patch adds a new global variable
event_need_refresh. If the value of this variable is 1, event_loop()
calls epoll_wait(2) again for refreshing ready fd list. This patch
also lets tgt_event_del() to turn on the flag in its tail.

For example, we can produce segfault of tgtd under heavy load. Below
is a backtrace obtained from the core file:
 (gdb) bt
 #0  0x0000000000000000 in ?? ()
 #1  0x0000000000411419 in event_loop () at tgtd.c:414
 #2  0x0000000000411b65 in main (argc=<value optimized out>, argv=<value optimized out>) at tgtd.c:591

To be honest, I still don't find an event handler which calls
tgt_event_del() for other fds. But with this modification, the above
segfault is avoided. The change seems to be effective.

Signed-off-by: Hitoshi Mitake <mitake.hitoshi at lab.ntt.co.jp>
 - update commit log for backtrace
 - remove needless extern declaration in tgtd.h

v2: use the existing label "retry" instead of adding a new label

 usr/tgtd.c |    9 +++++++++
 1 file changed, 9 insertions(+)

diff --git a/usr/tgtd.c b/usr/tgtd.c
index 50e1c83..04b31dc 100644
--- a/usr/tgtd.c
+++ b/usr/tgtd.c
@@ -212,6 +212,8 @@ static struct event_data *tgt_event_lookup(int fd)
 	return NULL;
+int event_need_refresh;
 void tgt_event_del(int fd)
 	struct event_data *tev;
@@ -229,6 +231,8 @@ void tgt_event_del(int fd)
+	event_need_refresh = 1;
 int tgt_event_modify(int fd, int events)
@@ -426,6 +430,11 @@ retry:
 		for (i = 0; i < nevent; i++) {
 			tev = (struct event_data *) events[i].data.ptr;
 			tev->handler(tev->fd, events[i].events, tev->data);
+			if (event_need_refresh) {
+				event_need_refresh = 0;
+				goto retry;
+			}

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