Authored by Jonas Meurer

Reproducer for luksSuspend-sync-suspend race condition

The Linux Kernel always sync()s before suspending to memory. That leads to race conditions if we luksSuspend beforehands: The block device is already luksSuspended and therefore doesn't accept to flush further pending read/write operations.

The solution would be to make the final sync() in the kernel suspend code optional. There's already a build-time flag for this. We need a run-time flag.

This is a simple C program to enforce a race condition when using cryptroot-suspend.c for suspending.


  • Debian Sid/Unstable system with Linux Kernel 5.2.0-3 (5.2.17-1)
  • Debian Cryptsetup with cryptroot-suspend implementation

Compilation (as it would be done in Debian packaging process)

x86_64-linux-gnu-gcc -o suspend-race-reproducer suspend-race-reproducer.c -g -O2 -fstack-protector-strong -Wformat -Werror=format-security -Wdate-time -D_FORTIFY_SOURCE=2 -Wl,-z,relro -Wl,-z,now --pedantic


./suspend-race-reproducer /teststate /testlog

Suspend state must not be reached if the reproducer works.

With a patched kernel (that doesn't sync() before suspend), the reproducer doesn't work anymore and suspend state should be reached despite suspend-race-reproducer is running. After resuming, you can kill the reproducer with pkill suspend-race-re.

suspend-race-reproducer.c 3.21 KB
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