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authorRabin Vincent <>2015-05-05 15:15:56 +0200
committerMike Snitzer <>2015-05-05 12:16:43 -0400
commitc0403ec0bb5a8c5b267fb7e16021bec0b17e4964 (patch)
tree107e8a9c8476bc090449b479723b5103fe59c9d1 /init
parentaa6df8dd28c01d9a3d2cfcfe9dd0a4a334d1cd81 (diff)
Revert "dm crypt: fix deadlock when async crypto algorithm returns -EBUSY"
This reverts Linux 4.1-rc1 commit 0618764cb25f6fa9fb31152995de42a8a0496475. The problem which that commit attempts to fix actually lies in the Freescale CAAM crypto driver not dm-crypt. dm-crypt uses CRYPTO_TFM_REQ_MAY_BACKLOG. This means the the crypto driver should internally backlog requests which arrive when the queue is full and process them later. Until the crypto hw's queue becomes full, the driver returns -EINPROGRESS. When the crypto hw's queue if full, the driver returns -EBUSY, and if CRYPTO_TFM_REQ_MAY_BACKLOG is set, is expected to backlog the request and process it when the hardware has queue space. At the point when the driver takes the request from the backlog and starts processing it, it calls the completion function with a status of -EINPROGRESS. The completion function is called (for a second time, in the case of backlogged requests) with a status/err of 0 when a request is done. Crypto drivers for hardware without hardware queueing use the helpers, crypto_init_queue(), crypto_enqueue_request(), crypto_dequeue_request() and crypto_get_backlog() helpers to implement this behaviour correctly, while others implement this behaviour without these helpers (ccp, for example). dm-crypt (before the patch that needs reverting) uses this API correctly. It queues up as many requests as the hw queues will allow (i.e. as long as it gets back -EINPROGRESS from the request function). Then, when it sees at least one backlogged request (gets -EBUSY), it waits till that backlogged request is handled (completion gets called with -EINPROGRESS), and then continues. The references to af_alg_wait_for_completion() and af_alg_complete() in that commit's commit message are irrelevant because those functions only handle one request at a time, unlink dm-crypt. The problem is that the Freescale CAAM driver, which that commit describes as having being tested with, fails to implement the backlogging behaviour correctly. In cam_jr_enqueue(), if the hardware queue is full, it simply returns -EBUSY without backlogging the request. What the observed deadlock was is not described in the commit message but it is obviously the wait_for_completion() in crypto_convert() where dm-crypto would wait for the completion being called with -EINPROGRESS in the case of backlogged requests. This completion will never be completed due to the bug in the CAAM driver. Commit 0618764cb25 incorrectly made dm-crypt wait for every request, even when the driver/hardware queues are not full, which means that dm-crypt will never see -EBUSY. This means that that commit will cause a performance regression on all crypto drivers which implement the API correctly. Revert it. Correct backlog handling should be implemented in the CAAM driver instead. Cc'ing stable purely because commit 0618764cb25 did. If for some reason a stable@ kernel did pick up commit 0618764cb25 it should get reverted. Signed-off-by: Rabin Vincent <> Reviewed-by: Horia Geanta <> Cc: Signed-off-by: Mike Snitzer <>
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