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SubjectRe: [PATCH 0/4] futex: get_user_pages_fast() for shared futexes
Peter Zijlstra a écrit :
> Just to be sure, I only hold the page lock over the get_futex_key() op,
> and drop it after getting a ref on the futex key.
> I then drop the futex key ref after the futex op is complete.
> This assumes the futex key ref is suffucient to guarantee whatever is
> needed - which is the point I'm still not quite sure about myself.
> The futex key ref was used between futex ops, with I assume the intent
> to ensure the futex backing stays valid. However, the key ref only takes
> a ref on either the inode or the mm, neither which avoid the specific
> address of the futex to get unmapped between ops.
> So in that respect we're not worse off than before, and any application
> doing: futex_wait(), munmap(), futex_wake() is going to suffer. And as
> far as I understand it get the waiting task stuck in D state for
> ever-more or somesuch.
> By now not holding the mmap_sem over the full futex op, but only over
> the get_futex_key(), that munmap() race gets larger and the actual futex
> could disappear while we're working on it, but in all cases I looked at
> that will make the futex op return -EFAULT, so we should be good there.
> Gah, now that I look at it, it looks like I made get_futex_key()
> asymetric wrt private futexes, they don't take a ref on the key, but
> then do drop one... ouch.. Patch below.
>> Nice work, Peter.
> Thanks!
>> BTW. what kinds of things use inter-process futexes as of now?
> On a regular modern Linux system, not much. But I've been told there are
> applications out there that do indeed make heavy use of them - as
> they're part of POSIX etc.. blah blah :-)

inter-process futexes are still used for pthread creation/join
(aka clear_child_tid / CLONE_CHILD_CLEARTID)

kernel/fork.c, functions mm_release() & sys_set_tid_address()

I am not sure how it could be converted to private futexes, since
old binaries (static glibc) will use FUTEX_WAKE like calls.

> Also some legacy stuff that's stuck on an ancient glibc (but somehow did
> manage to upgrade the kernel) might benefit.
> ---
> Subject: futex: fixup get_futex_key() for private futexes
> From: Peter Zijlstra <>
> With the get_user_pages_fast() patches we made get_futex_key() obtain a
> reference on the returned key, but failed to do so for private futexes.

Sorry I am lost...
private futexes dont need to get references at all...

> Signed-off-by: Peter Zijlstra <>
> ---
> diff --git a/kernel/futex.c b/kernel/futex.c
> index 197fdab..beee9af 100644
> --- a/kernel/futex.c
> +++ b/kernel/futex.c
> @@ -227,6 +227,7 @@ static int get_futex_key(u32 __user *uaddr, int
> fshared, union futex_key *key)
> return -EFAULT;
> key-> = mm;
> key->private.address = address;
> + get_futex_key_refs(key);
> return 0;
> }

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