io_uring: stop SQPOLL submit on creator's death

When the creator of SQPOLL io_uring dies (i.e. sqo_task), we don't want
its internals like ->files and ->mm to be poked by the SQPOLL task, it
have never been nice and recently got racy. That can happen when the
owner undergoes destruction and SQPOLL tasks tries to submit new
requests in parallel, and so calls io_sq_thread_acquire*().

That patch halts SQPOLL submissions when sqo_task dies by introducing
sqo_dead flag. Once set, the SQPOLL task must not do any submission,
which is synchronised by uring_lock as well as the new flag.

The tricky part is to make sure that disabling always happens, that
means either the ring is discovered by creator's do_exit() -> cancel,
or if the final close() happens before it's done by the creator. The
last is guaranteed by the fact that for SQPOLL the creator task and only
it holds exactly one file note, so either it pins up to do_exit() or
removed by the creator on the final put in flush. (see comments in
uring_flush() around file->f_count == 2).

One more place that can trigger io_sq_thread_acquire_*() is
__io_req_task_submit(). Shoot off requests on sqo_dead there, even
though actually we don't need to. That's because cancellation of
sqo_task should wait for the request before going any further.

note 1: io_disable_sqo_submit() does io_ring_set_wakeup_flag() so the
caller would enter the ring to get an error, but it still doesn't
guarantee that the flag won't be cleared.

note 2: if final __userspace__ close happens not from the creator
task, the file note will pin the ring until the task dies.

Fixed: b1b6b5a30dce8 ("kernel/io_uring: cancel io_uring before task works")
Signed-off-by: Pavel Begunkov <>
Signed-off-by: Jens Axboe <>
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