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SubjectRe: [RFC] [PATCH] cpuset operations causes Badness at mm/slab.c:777 warning
On Fri, 1 Jun 2007, Andrew Morton wrote:

> > I should make SLUB put poisoning values in unused areas of a kmalloced
> > object?
>
> hm, I hadn't thought of it that way actually. I was thinking it was
> specific to kmalloc(0) but as you point out, the situation is
> generalisable.

Right it could catch a lot of other bugs as well.

> Yes, if someone does kmalloc(42) and we satisfy the allocation from the
> size-64 slab, we should poison and then check the allegedly-unused 22
> bytes.
>
> Please ;)
>
> (vaguely stunned that we didn't think of doing this years ago).

Well there are architectural problems. We determine the power of two slab
at compile time. The object size information is currently not available in
the binary :=).

> It'll be a large patch, I expect?

Ummm... Yes. We need to switch off the compile time power of two slab
calculation. Then I need to have some way of storing the object size in
the metainformation of each object. Changes a lot of function calls.

> Actually, I have this vague memory that slab would take that kmalloc(42)
> and would then return kmalloc(64)+22, so the returned memory is
> "right-aligned". This way the existing overrun-detection is applicable to
> all kmallocs. Maybe I dreamed it.

Yes, that would be possible by simply adding a compile time generated
offset to the compile time generated call to kmem_cache_alloc. But then
kfree() will have a difficult time figuring out which object to free.
Hmmm... But I can get to the slab via the page struct which allows me to
figure out the power of two size. This would mean that kfree would work
with an arbitrary pointer anywhere into the object.
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