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SubjectRe: [v6 01/15] x86/mm: reserve only exiting low pages
Let's CC Hpa on this one. I am still not sure it is correct. The full
series is here
http://lkml.kernel.org/r/1502138329-123460-1-git-send-email-pasha.tatashin@oracle.com

On Mon 07-08-17 16:38:35, Pavel Tatashin wrote:
> Struct pages are initialized by going through __init_single_page(). Since
> the existing physical memory in memblock is represented in memblock.memory
> list, struct page for every page from this list goes through
> __init_single_page().
>
> The second memblock list: memblock.reserved, manages the allocated memory.
> The memory that won't be available to kernel allocator. So, every page from
> this list goes through reserve_bootmem_region(), where certain struct page
> fields are set, the assumption being that the struct pages have been
> initialized beforehand.
>
> In trim_low_memory_range() we unconditionally reserve memoryfrom PFN 0, but
> memblock.memory might start at a later PFN. For example, in QEMU,
> e820__memblock_setup() can use PFN 1 as the first PFN in memblock.memory,
> so PFN 0 is not on memblock.memory (and hence isn't initialized via
> __init_single_page) but is on memblock.reserved (and hence we set fields in
> the uninitialized struct page).
>
> Currently, the struct page memory is always zeroed during allocation,
> which prevents this problem from being detected. But, if some asserts
> provided by CONFIG_DEBUG_VM_PGFLAGS are tighten, this problem may become
> visible in existing kernels.
>
> In this patchset we will stop zeroing struct page memory during allocation.
> Therefore, this bug must be fixed in order to avoid random assert failures
> caused by CONFIG_DEBUG_VM_PGFLAGS triggers.
>
> The fix is to reserve memory from the first existing PFN.
>
> Signed-off-by: Pavel Tatashin <pasha.tatashin@oracle.com>
> Reviewed-by: Steven Sistare <steven.sistare@oracle.com>
> Reviewed-by: Daniel Jordan <daniel.m.jordan@oracle.com>
> Reviewed-by: Bob Picco <bob.picco@oracle.com>
> ---
> arch/x86/kernel/setup.c | 5 ++++-
> 1 file changed, 4 insertions(+), 1 deletion(-)
>
> diff --git a/arch/x86/kernel/setup.c b/arch/x86/kernel/setup.c
> index 3486d0498800..489cdc141bcb 100644
> --- a/arch/x86/kernel/setup.c
> +++ b/arch/x86/kernel/setup.c
> @@ -790,7 +790,10 @@ early_param("reservelow", parse_reservelow);
>
> static void __init trim_low_memory_range(void)
> {
> - memblock_reserve(0, ALIGN(reserve_low, PAGE_SIZE));
> + unsigned long min_pfn = find_min_pfn_with_active_regions();
> + phys_addr_t base = min_pfn << PAGE_SHIFT;
> +
> + memblock_reserve(base, ALIGN(reserve_low, PAGE_SIZE));
> }
>
> /*
> --
> 2.14.0

--
Michal Hocko
SUSE Labs

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