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Subject[patch 07/43] x86, mm: fix pte_free()
2.6.28-stable review patch.  If anyone has any objections, please let us know.


From: Peter Zijlstra <>

commit 42ef73fe134732b2e91c0326df5fd568da17c4b2 upstream.

On -rt we were seeing spurious bad page states like:

Bad page state in process 'firefox'
page:c1bc2380 flags:0x40000000 mapping:c1bc2390 mapcount:0 count:0
Trying to fix it up, but a reboot is needed
Pid: 503, comm: firefox Not tainted #3
[<c043d0f3>] ? printk+0x14/0x19
[<c0272d4e>] bad_page+0x4e/0x79
[<c0273831>] free_hot_cold_page+0x5b/0x1d3
[<c02739f6>] free_hot_page+0xf/0x11
[<c0273a18>] __free_pages+0x20/0x2b
[<c027d170>] __pte_alloc+0x87/0x91
[<c027d25e>] handle_mm_fault+0xe4/0x733
[<c043f680>] ? rt_mutex_down_read_trylock+0x57/0x63
[<c043f680>] ? rt_mutex_down_read_trylock+0x57/0x63
[<c0218875>] do_page_fault+0x36f/0x88a

This is the case where a concurrent fault already installed the PTE and
we get to free the newly allocated one.

This is due to pgtable_page_ctor() doing the spin_lock_init(&page->ptl)
which is overlaid with the {private, mapping} struct.

union {
struct {
unsigned long private;
struct address_space *mapping;
spinlock_t ptl;
struct kmem_cache *slab;
struct page *first_page;

Normally the spinlock is small enough to not stomp on page->mapping, but
PREEMPT_RT=y has huge 'spin'locks.

But lockdep kernels should also be able to trigger this splat, as the
lock tracking code grows the spinlock to cover page->mapping.

The obvious fix is calling pgtable_page_dtor() like the regular pte free
path __pte_free_tlb() does.

It seems all architectures except x86 and nm10300 already do this, and
nm10300 doesn't seem to use pgtable_page_ctor(), which suggests it
doesn't do SMP or simply doesnt do MMU at all or something.

Signed-off-by: Peter Zijlstra <>
Signed-off-by: Ingo Molnar <>
Signed-off-by: Greg Kroah-Hartman <>

arch/x86/include/asm/pgalloc.h | 1 +
1 file changed, 1 insertion(+)

--- a/arch/x86/include/asm/pgalloc.h
+++ b/arch/x86/include/asm/pgalloc.h
@@ -42,6 +42,7 @@ static inline void pte_free_kernel(struc

static inline void pte_free(struct mm_struct *mm, struct page *pte)
+ pgtable_page_dtor(pte);

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