[RTEMS Project] #2690: Unpredictable _POSIX_signals_Send() aka killinfo() behaviour

RTEMS trac trac at rtems.org
Thu Apr 14 06:49:35 UTC 2016

#2690: Unpredictable _POSIX_signals_Send() aka killinfo() behaviour
 Reporter:  sebastian.huber  |      Owner:
     Type:  defect           |     Status:  new
 Priority:  low              |  Milestone:  5.0
Component:  cpukit           |    Version:  4.10
 Severity:  critical         |   Keywords:
 The _POSIX_signals_Send() iterates over all threads in the system without
 protection of the object allocator lock.  At least on SMP systems this may
 lead to unpredictable behaviour.  Since _POSIX_signals_Send() is called
 from interrupt context in the alarm() and ualarm() timers, this function
 may lead to long interrupt processing times.

 Suggested solution:

 * Forbid _POSIX_signals_Send() in interrupt context.
 * Properly protect iteration over all threads with the object allocator
 * Use timer server for alarm() and ualarm()


 * How to account for the timer server resource usage?

Ticket URL: <http://devel.rtems.org/ticket/2690>
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