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SubjectRe: [patch] mm: dirty page tracking race fix
On Mon, 18 Aug 2008 07:38:21 +0200 Nick Piggin <npiggin@suse.de> wrote:

> There is a race with dirty page accounting where a page may not properly
> be accounted for.
>
> clear_page_dirty_for_io() calls page_mkclean; then TestClearPageDirty.
>
> page_mkclean walks the rmaps for that page, and for each one it cleans and
> write protects the pte if it was dirty. It uses page_check_address to find the
> pte. That function has a shortcut to avoid the ptl if the pte is not
> present. Unfortunately, the pte can be switched to not-present then back to
> present by other code while holding the page table lock -- this should not
> be a signal for page_mkclean to ignore that pte, because it may be dirty.
>
> For example, powerpc64's set_pte_at will clear a previously present pte before
> setting it to the desired value. There may also be other code in core mm or
> in arch which do similar things.
>
> The consequence of the bug is loss of data integrity due to msync, and loss
> of dirty page accounting accuracy. XIP's __xip_unmap could easily also be
> unreliable (depending on the exact XIP locking scheme), which can lead to data
> corruption.
>
> Fix this by having an option to always take ptl to check the pte in
> page_check_address.
>
> It's possible to retain this optimization for page_referenced and
> try_to_unmap.

Is it also possible to retain it for

/**
* page_mapped_in_vma - check whether a page is really mapped in a VMA
* @page: the page to test
* @vma: the VMA to test
*
* Returns 1 if the page is mapped into the page tables of the VMA, 0
* if the page is not mapped into the page tables of this VMA. Only
* valid for normal file or anonymous VMAs.
*/
static int page_mapped_in_vma(struct page *page, struct vm_area_struct *vma)
{
unsigned long address;
pte_t *pte;
spinlock_t *ptl;

address = vma_address(page, vma);
if (address == -EFAULT) /* out of vma range */
return 0;
pte = page_check_address(page, vma->vm_mm, address, &ptl);
if (!pte) /* the page is not in this mm */
return 0;
pte_unmap_unlock(pte, ptl);

return 1;
}

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