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Re: [Libguestfs] [PATCH libnbd] examples: Fix theoretical cookie race in example.

On 7/30/19 5:51 AM, Richard W.M. Jones wrote:
> There was a theoretic race in this example: If the server was very
> fast at handling commands then it's possible that in a call such as:
>   cookie = nbd_aio_pread_callback (..., callback, ...);
>   buffers[i].cookie = cookie;
> nbd_aio_pread_callback finished and calls the callback before
> returning.  buffers[i].cookie would therefore not be set, but the
> callback() function was checking the list of buffers for the cookie.
> This would have caused an abort() in the existing code, although we
> have never observed that.
> The new code, instead of relying on the cookie, passes a pointer to
> &buffers[i], so the callback no longer needs to search the list of
> buffers (this is also quicker).
> This necessitated another change however: previously we were copying
> buffers around to ensure that the next free buffer was always at
> &buffers[nr_buffers].  Instead of that introduce a new state
> (BUFFER_UNUSED) and search the short list of buffers once when looking
> for a free buffer.
> Thanks: Eric Blake.
> ---
>  examples/glib-main-loop.c | 96 +++++++++++++--------------------------
>  1 file changed, 32 insertions(+), 64 deletions(-)

Avoids a potential race, and uses fewer lines of code.  What's not to
like about it :)


Eric Blake, Principal Software Engineer
Red Hat, Inc.           +1-919-301-3226
Virtualization:  qemu.org | libvirt.org

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