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SubjectRe: [RFC PATCH] net: add dataref destructor to sk_buff
On 11/14/2009 05:04 AM, David Miller wrote:
> From: Gregory Haskins<gregory.haskins@gmail.com>
> Date: Fri, 13 Nov 2009 20:33:35 -0500
>
>
>> Well, not with respect to the overall protocol, of course not. But with
>> respect to the buffer in question, it _has_ to be. Or am I missing
>> something?
>>
> sendfile() absolutely, and positively, is not.
>
> Any entity can write to the pages being send via sendfile(), at will,
> and those writes will show up in the packet stream if they occur
> before the NIC DMA's the memory backed by those pages into it's
> buffer.
>
> There is zero data synchronization whatsoever, we don't lock the
> pages, we don't block their usage while they are queued up in the
> socket send queue, nothing like that.
>
>

But it must maintain a reference count on the page being dmaed and drop
it only after dma is complete. Otherwise we risk the page being
recycled and arbitrary memory sent out on the wire; and an application
can trivially cause this by truncate()ing a sendfile.

> The user returns long before it every hits the wire and there is zero
> "notification" to the user that the pages in question for the
> sendfile() request are no longer in use.
>

The put_page() is a notification except it doesn't reach the caller.
Gregory's patch (and previous shared info destructor patches) is an
attempt to make it reach the caller, IIUC.

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error compiling committee.c: too many arguments to function



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