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SubjectRe: Gigantic memory leak in linux-2.6.[789]!
Richard B. Johnson wrote:

> On Fri, 22 Oct 2004, [ISO-8859-15] Kristian Sørensen wrote:
>> Richard B. Johnson wrote:
>>> On Fri, 22 Oct 2004, Kasper Sandberg wrote:
>>>> On Fri, 2004-10-22 at 16:13 +0200, Kristian Sørensen wrote:
>>>>> Hi all!
>>>>> After some more testing after the previous post of the OOPS in
>>>>> generic_delete_inode, we have now found a gigantic memory leak in
>>>>> Linux 2.6.
>>>>> [789]. The scenario is the same:
>>>>> File system: EXT3
>>>>> Unpack and delete linux- with this Bash while loop:
>>>>> let "i = 0"
>>>>> while [ "$i" -lt 10 ]; do
>>>>> tar jxf linux-;
>>>>> rm -fr linux-;
>>>>> let "i = i + 1"
>>>>> done
>>>>> When the loop has completed, the system use 124 MB memory more
>>>>> _each_ time....
>>>>> so it is pretty easy to make a denial-of-service attack :-(
>>> Do something like this with your favorite kernel version.....
>>> while true ; do tar -xzf linux-2.6.9.tar.gz ; rm -rf linux-2.6.9 ;
>>> vmstat ; done
>>> You can watch this for as long as you want. If there is no other
>>> activity, the values reported by vmstat remain, on the average, stable.
>>> If you throw in a `sync` command, the values rapidly converge to
>>> little memory usage as the disk-data gets flused to disk.
>> The problem is, that the free memory reported by vmstat is decresing
>> by 124mb for each 10-iterations....
>> The allocated memory does not get freed even if the system has been
>> left alone for three hours!
> Yes. So? Why would it be freed? It's left how it was until it
> is needed. Freeing it would waste CPU cycles.

Okay :-) So it looks like two of you says we have been mistaken :-D (and
the behaviour has been changed since linux-2.4)

Anyway - How does this work in practice? Does the file system
implementation use a wrapper for kfree or?
Is there any way to force instant free of kernel memory - when freed?
Else it is quite hard testing for possible memory leaks in our Umbrella
kernel module ... :-/

Best regards,

Kristian Sørensen
- The Umbrella Project

E-mail:, Phone: +45 29723816

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