[PATCH] epoll: try to be a _bit_ better about file lifetimes

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epoll is a mess, and does various invalid things in the name of

Let's try to rein it in a bit. Something like this, perhaps?

Not-yet-signed-off-by: Linus Torvalds <torvalds@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx>

This is entirely untested, thus the "Not-yet-signed-off-by".  But I
think this may be kind of the right path forward. 

I suspect the ->poll() call is the main case that matters, but there are
other places where eventpoll just looks up the file pointer without then
being very careful about it.  The sock_from_file(epi->ffd.file) uses in
particular should probably also use this to look up the file. 


 fs/eventpoll.c | 30 +++++++++++++++++++++++++++++-
 1 file changed, 29 insertions(+), 1 deletion(-)

diff --git a/fs/eventpoll.c b/fs/eventpoll.c
index 882b89edc52a..bffa8083ff36 100644
--- a/fs/eventpoll.c
+++ b/fs/eventpoll.c
@@ -285,6 +285,30 @@ static inline void free_ephead(struct epitems_head *head)
 		kmem_cache_free(ephead_cache, head);
+ * The ffd.file pointer may be in the process of
+ * being torn down due to being closed, but we
+ * may not have finished eventpoll_release() yet.
+ *
+ * Technically, even with the atomic_long_inc_not_zero,
+ * the file may have been free'd and then gotten
+ * re-allocated to something else (since files are
+ * not RCU-delayed, they are SLAB_TYPESAFE_BY_RCU).
+ *
+ * But for epoll, we don't much care.
+ */
+static struct file *epi_fget(const struct epitem *epi)
+	struct file *file;
+	rcu_read_lock();
+	file = epi->ffd.file;
+	if (!atomic_long_inc_not_zero(&file->f_count))
+		file = NULL;
+	rcu_read_unlock();
+	return file;
 static void list_file(struct file *file)
 	struct epitems_head *head;
@@ -987,14 +1011,18 @@ static __poll_t __ep_eventpoll_poll(struct file *file, poll_table *wait, int dep
 static __poll_t ep_item_poll(const struct epitem *epi, poll_table *pt,
 				 int depth)
-	struct file *file = epi->ffd.file;
+	struct file *file = epi_fget(epi);
 	__poll_t res;
+	if (!file)
+		return 0;
 	pt->_key = epi->event.events;
 	if (!is_file_epoll(file))
 		res = vfs_poll(file, pt);
 		res = __ep_eventpoll_poll(file, pt, depth);
+	fput(file);
 	return res & epi->event.events;

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