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SubjectRe: [RFC PATCH] kmemleak: Scan all thread stacks

* Catalin Marinas <> wrote:

> This patch changes the for_each_process() loop with the
> do_each_thread()/while_each_thread() pair. It also replaces the
> read_lock(&tasklist_lock) with rcu_read_lock() and task_lock(p).
> Signed-off-by: Catalin Marinas <>
> ---
> My questions:
> 1. Is it correct that for_each_process() used currently by kmemleak may
> not loop through all the possible kernel thread stacks?

yes. You need the full, all tasks variant:

do_each_thread(g, p) {
} while_each_thread(g, p);

> 2. Is it safe to use rcu_read_lock() and task_lock() when scanning the
> corresponding kernel stack (thread_info structure)? The loop doesn't
> do any modification to the task list. The reason for this is to
> allow kernel preemption when scanning the stacks.

you cannot generally preempt while holding the RCU read-lock.


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