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SubjectRe: [patches] VM-related fixes
On Mon, Mar 05, 2012 at 09:25:05PM -0800, Arve Hj?nnev?g wrote:
> > Sorry, no.
> > ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ?down_write(&mm->mmap_sem);
> > ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ?vma = proc->vma;
> > ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ?if (vma && mm != vma->vm_mm) {
> > does *not* do what you seem to describe; there's nothing to protect you
> > from proc->vma getting freed under you right between load from proc->vma
> > and check of vma->mm. ?->mmap_sem on the right mm would prevent that,
> > but this one doesn't guarantee anything. ?Get preempted after the second
> > line quoted above and by the time you get the timeslice back, you might
> > have had munmap() done by another thread, with vma freed, its memory
> > recycled, etc.
> >
>
> OK, if the memory got freed and then re-used by someone who stored a
> value that matched a pointer to the mm struct that was just locked,
> this check will fail to catch it. I can check against a cached vm_mm
> member from mmap instead, assuming this will not change before
> ->close() is called. Does that sound reasonable, or is there a better
> way to check this?

Huh? Sorry, I hadn't been able to parse that - what do you want to cache,
where and what do you want to check? Again, at that point *(proc->vma)
may very well be random garbage, so looking at it would be pointless;
the value you had at ->mmap() time would be simply current->mm of mmap(2)
caller; if you want to check that it matches that of opener, fine,
but then why not do just that in ->mmap()?


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