KMDF Wait Locks and Spin Locks

KMDF defines two kinds of lock objects: wait locks (WDFWAITLOCK) and spin locks (WDFSPINLOCK). Wait locks synchronize operation at PASSIVE_LEVEL, and spin locks synchronize operation at DISPATCH_LEVEL or higher. For both lock types, the framework implements deadlock detection and tracks lock acquisition history.

Wait Locks

Wait locks are PASSIVE_LEVEL synchronization mechanisms that are similar to the Windows event object. They cannot be acquired recursively; a driver must use the Windows mutex in situations that require a recursively acquired PASSIVE_LEVEL lock.

When a driver acquires a wait lock, it can supply a time-out period to limit the amount of time that the driver thread waits for the lock. If the driver does ...

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