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Re: [dm-devel] Deadlock when using crypto API for block devices




On Fri, 24 Aug 2018, Mikulas Patocka wrote:

> 
> 
> On Fri, 24 Aug 2018, Herbert Xu wrote:
> 
> > On Thu, Aug 23, 2018 at 04:39:23PM -0400, Mikulas Patocka wrote:
> > >
> > > 1. don't set CRYPTO_TFM_REQ_MAY_SLEEP in dm-crypt
> > > =================================================
> > > If we don't set it, dm-crypt will use GFP_ATOMIC and GFP_ATOMIC may fail. 
> > > The function init_crypt in xts.c handles the failure gracefully - but the 
> > > question is - does the whole crypto code handle allocation failures 
> > > gracefully? If not and if it returns -ENOMEM somewhere, it would result in 
> > > I/O errors and data corruption.
> > 
> > It is safe to use GFP_ATOMIC.  First of the allocation is really
> > small (less than a page) so it will only fail when the system is
> > almost completely out of memory.
> 
> GFP_ATOMIC is used by networking code. If the system is in a situation 
> when packets arrive faster than the swapper is able to swap, it will 
> happen. It does happen during netwoking surge and corrupting the 
> filesystem in tris situation is not acceptable.
> 
> > Even when it does fail the crypto
> > operation will still succeed, albeit it will process things at a
> > smaller granularity so the performance will degrade.
> 
> A quick search through the crypto code shows that ahash_save_req and 
> seqiv_aead_encrypt return -ENOMEM.
> 
> Will you fix them?

And also ablkcipher_next_slow, ablkcipher_copy_iv, skcipher_next_slow, 
skcipher_next_copy, skcipher_copy_iv, blkcipher_next_slow, 
blkcipher_copy_iv.

So, I think that dropping CRYPTO_TFM_REQ_MAY_SLEEP is not possible.

Mikulas


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