[spice-server,v2,2/7] red-client: Protect concurrent list accesses

Submitted by Frediano Ziglio on Oct. 14, 2019, 9:22 a.m.


Message ID 20191014092217.24405-3-fziglio@redhat.com
State New
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Frediano Ziglio Oct. 14, 2019, 9:22 a.m.
The channels list was not protected by a lock in red_client_destroy.
This could cause for instance a RedChannelClient object to be
created while scanning the list so potentially modifying the
list while scanning with all race issues.

Consider a client which attempt to connect to a new channel and
then for some reason close the main channel:
- the new channel connection is handled by the main thread;
- the relative RCC will be passed to red_channel_connect which
  can decide to continue the initialization in another thread
  (this happens currently for CursorChannelClient and
- the main thread will catch the main channel disconnection and
  call main_dispatcher_client_disconnect
  (from main_channel_client_on_disconnect);
- main thread calls reds_client_disconnect;
- reds_client_disconnect calls red_client_destroy;
- now we have 2 thread which will attempt to change RedClient::channels
  list, one protected by the mutex the other not.

Signed-off-by: Frediano Ziglio <fziglio@redhat.com>
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 server/red-client.c | 28 ++++++++++++++++++++++++----
 1 file changed, 24 insertions(+), 4 deletions(-)

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diff --git a/server/red-client.c b/server/red-client.c
index a4c79a174..019da5a2b 100644
--- a/server/red-client.c
+++ b/server/red-client.c
@@ -190,8 +190,6 @@  void red_client_migrate(RedClient *client)
 void red_client_destroy(RedClient *client)
-    RedChannelClient *rcc;
     if (!pthread_equal(pthread_self(), client->thread_id)) {
         spice_warning("client->thread_id (%p) != "
                       "pthread_self (%p)."
@@ -200,23 +198,45 @@  void red_client_destroy(RedClient *client)
                       (void*) client->thread_id,
                       (void*) pthread_self());
-    red_client_set_disconnecting(client);
-    FOREACH_CHANNEL_CLIENT(client, rcc) {
+    pthread_mutex_lock(&client->lock);
+    spice_debug("destroy client %p with #channels=%d", client, g_list_length(client->channels));
+    // This makes sure that we won't try to add new RedChannelClient instances
+    // to the RedClient::channels list while iterating it
+    client->disconnecting = TRUE;
+    while (client->channels) {
         RedChannel *channel;
+        RedChannelClient *rcc = client->channels->data;
+        // Remove the RedChannelClient we are processing from the list
+        // Note that we own the object so it is safe to do some operations on it.
+        // This manual scan of the list is done to have a thread safe
+        // iteration of the list
+        client->channels = g_list_delete_link(client->channels, client->channels);
+        // prevent dead lock disconnecting rcc (which can happen
+        // in the same thread or synchronously on another one)
+        pthread_mutex_unlock(&client->lock);
         // some channels may be in other threads, so disconnection
         // is not synchronous.
         channel = red_channel_client_get_channel(rcc);
         // some channels may be in other threads. However we currently
         // assume disconnect is synchronous (we changed the dispatcher
         // to wait for disconnection)
         // TODO: should we go back to async. For this we need to use
         // ref count for channel clients.
         red_channel_disconnect_client(channel, rcc);
+        pthread_mutex_lock(&client->lock);
+    pthread_mutex_unlock(&client->lock);