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SubjectRe: [PATCH] fix put_user under mmap_sem in sys_get_mempolicy()
On Fri, Jan 21, 2005 at 05:51:07PM +0300, Oleg Nesterov wrote:
> Hello.
>
> sys_get_mempolicy() accesses user memory with mmap_sem held.
> If I understand correctly, this can cause deadlock:
>
> sys_get_mempolicy: Another thread, same mm:
>
> down_read(mmap_sem);
> down_write(mmap_sem);
> put_user();
> do_page_fault:
> down_read(mmap_sem);

Hrm. Normal Linux policy seems to ignore this potential
and rare deadlock and using nesting safely (e.g. it's been
known for a long time for the tasklist rw spinlock, but
nobody really cares and it doesn't seem to be hit by users).
Do you really think it is likely to happen?
>
> Compile tested only, I have no NUMA machine.

It's hard to figure out what your patch actually does because
of all the gratious white space changes.

I suppose this simpler patch has the same effect (also untested).


diff -u linux-2.6.11-rc1-bk4/mm/mempolicy.c-o linux-2.6.11-rc1-bk4/mm/mempolicy.c
--- linux-2.6.11-rc1-bk4/mm/mempolicy.c-o 2005-01-14 10:12:27.000000000 +0100
+++ linux-2.6.11-rc1-bk4/mm/mempolicy.c 2005-01-21 15:26:12.000000000 +0100
@@ -485,7 +485,7 @@
int err, pval;
struct mm_struct *mm = current->mm;
struct vm_area_struct *vma = NULL;
- struct mempolicy *pol = current->mempolicy;
+ struct mempolicy *pol = current->mempolicy, *pol2 = NULL;

if (flags & ~(unsigned long)(MPOL_F_NODE|MPOL_F_ADDR))
return -EINVAL;
@@ -502,6 +502,10 @@
pol = vma->vm_ops->get_policy(vma, addr);
else
pol = vma->vm_policy;
+ pol2 = mpol_copy(pol);
+ up_read(&mm->mmap_sem);
+ if (IS_ERR(pol2))
+ return PTR_ERR(pol2);
} else if (addr)
return -EINVAL;

@@ -536,8 +540,7 @@
}

out:
- if (vma)
- up_read(&current->mm->mmap_sem);
+ mpol_free(pol2);
return err;
}

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