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SubjectRe: [PATCH] numa: fix slab_node(MPOL_BIND)
Hmm. More people added to the discussion..

This code seems to go back all the way to commit 19770b32609b: "mm:
filter based on a nodemask as well as a gfp_mask". Which was back in
April 2008. and got merged into 2.6.26.

And I'd be happy to commit it (in fact, I was going to), but when
looking for other uses of first_zones_zonelist(), I found
local_memory_node() which does the exact same thing: ignore the return
value, and unconditionally dereference the resulting 'zone' variable.

And so does - although less obviously - mm/vmscan.c for the
wait_iff_confgested() thing.

So are those buggy too, since first_zones_zonelist() can apparently return NULL?

Please advise...

Linus

On Wed, Oct 27, 2010 at 10:33 AM, Eric Dumazet <eric.dumazet@gmail.com> wrote:
> Le mercredi 27 octobre 2010 à 18:07 +0200, Eric Dumazet a écrit :
>
>> So I tried following experiment :
>>
>> # swapoff
>> # numactl --membind=0 swapon -a
>> # grep swap /proc/vmallocinfo
>> 0xf9bf3000-0xf9cf4000 1052672 sys_swapon+0x4aa/0xb24 pages=256 vmalloc N0=256
>> # swapoff -a
>> # numactl --membind=1 swapon -a
>>
>> <<FREEZE>>
>>
>
> Crash in fact, not freeze, in slab_node()
>
> Problem is : we dereference a NULL zone pointer.
>
> (node 1 has HighMem only)
>
> Following patch seems to solve the problem for me
>
> # swapoff -a
> # numactl --membind=1 swapon -a
> # grep swap /proc/vmallocinfo
> 0xf9da5000-0xf9ea6000 1052672 sys_swapon+0x3f9/0xa34 pages=256 vmalloc N1=256
>
>
> Thanks
>
>
> [PATCH] numa: fix slab_node(MPOL_BIND)
>
> When a node contains only HighMem memory, slab_node(MPOL_BIND)
> dereferences a NULL pointer.
>
> Signed-off-by: Eric Dumazet <eric.dumazet@gmail.com>
> ---
>  mm/mempolicy.c |    2 +-
>  1 file changed, 1 insertion(+), 1 deletion(-)
>
> diff --git a/mm/mempolicy.c b/mm/mempolicy.c
> index 81a1276..4a57f13 100644
> --- a/mm/mempolicy.c
> +++ b/mm/mempolicy.c
> @@ -1597,7 +1597,7 @@ unsigned slab_node(struct mempolicy *policy)
>                (void)first_zones_zonelist(zonelist, highest_zoneidx,
>                                                        &policy->v.nodes,
>                                                        &zone);
> -               return zone->node;
> +               return zone ? zone->node : numa_node_id();
>        }
>
>        default:
>
>
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