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SubjectRe: [PATCH 02/13] mm: Revalidate anon_vma in page_lock_anon_vma()
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> On Fri, 9 Apr 2010 13:16:41 +1000
> Nick Piggin <npiggin@suse.de> wrote:
>
> > On Thu, Apr 08, 2010 at 09:17:39PM +0200, Peter Zijlstra wrote:
> > > There is nothing preventing the anon_vma from being detached while we
> > > are spinning to acquire the lock. Most (all?) current users end up
> > > calling something like vma_address(page, vma) on it, which has a
> > > fairly good chance of weeding out wonky vmas.
> > >
> > > However suppose the anon_vma got freed and re-used while we were
> > > waiting to acquire the lock, and the new anon_vma fits with the
> > > page->index (because that is the only thing vma_address() uses to
> > > determine if the page fits in a particular vma, we could end up
> > > traversing faulty anon_vma chains.
> > >
> > > Close this hole for good by re-validating that page->mapping still
> > > holds the very same anon_vma pointer after we acquire the lock, if not
> > > be utterly paranoid and retry the whole operation (which will very
> > > likely bail, because it's unlikely the page got attached to a different
> > > anon_vma in the meantime).
> >
> > Hm, looks like a bugfix? How was this supposed to be safe?
> >
> IIUC.
>
> Before Rik's change to anon_vma, once page->mapping is set as anon_vma | 0x1,
> it's not modified until the page is freed.
> After the patch, do_wp_page() overwrite page->mapping when it reuse existing
> page.

Why?
IIUC. page->mapping dereference in page_lock_anon_vma() makes four story.

1. the anon_vma is valid
-> do page_referenced_one().
2. the anon_vma is invalid and freed to buddy
-> bail out by page_mapped(), no touch anon_vma
3. the anon_vma is kfreed, and not reused
-> bail out by page_mapped()
4. the anon_vma is kfreed, but reused as another anon_vma
-> bail out by page_check_address()

Now we have to consider 5th story.

5. the anon_vma is exchanged another anon_vma by do_wp_page.
-> bail out by above bailing out stuff.


I agree peter's patch makes sense. but I don't think Rik's patch change
locking rule.


>
> ==
> static int do_wp_page(struct mm_struct *mm, struct vm_area_struct *vma,
> unsigned long address, pte_t *page_table, pmd_t *pmd,
> spinlock_t *ptl, pte_t orig_pte)
> {
> ....
> if (PageAnon(old_page) && !PageKsm(old_page)) {
> if (!trylock_page(old_page)) {
> page_cache_get(old_page);
> ....
> reuse = reuse_swap_page(old_page);
> if (reuse)
> /*
> * The page is all ours. Move it to our anon_vma so
> * the rmap code will not search our parent or siblings.
> * Protected against the rmap code by the page lock.
> */
> page_move_anon_rmap(old_page, vma, address); ----(*)
> }
> ===
> (*) is new.
>
> Then, this new check makes sense in the current kernel.







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