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SubjectRe: [PATCH 12/12] Use down_read_unfair() for /sys/<pid>/exe and /sys/<pid>/maps files
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> This helps in the following situation:
> - Thread A takes a page fault while reading or writing memory.
> do_page_fault() acquires the mmap_sem for read and blocks on disk
> (either reading the page from file, or hitting swap) for a long time.
> - Thread B does an mmap call and blocks trying to acquire the mmap_sem
> for write
> - Thread C is a monitoring process trying to read every /proc/pid/maps
> in the system. This requires acquiring the mmap_sem for read. Thread C
> blocks behind B, waiting for A to release the rwsem. If thread C
> could be allowed to run in parallel with A, it would probably get done
> long before thread A's disk access completes, thus not actually slowing
> down thread B.
>
> Test results with down_read_unfair_test (10 seconds):
>
> 2.6.33.3:
> threadA completes ~600 faults
> threadB completes ~300 mmap/munmap cycles
> threadC completes ~600 /proc/pid/maps reads
>
> 2.6.33.3 + down_read_unfair:
> threadA completes ~600 faults
> threadB completes ~300 mmap/munmap cycles
> threadC completes ~160000 /proc/pid/maps reads
>
> Signed-off-by: Michel Lespinasse <walken@google.com>

Is it good idea?
So I think /proc shouldn't use unfair thing as backdoor.
It doesn't only makes performance improvement, but also
DoS chance is there.

Please use this feature only in internal.



> ---
> fs/proc/base.c | 2 +-
> fs/proc/task_mmu.c | 2 +-
> fs/proc/task_nommu.c | 2 +-
> 3 files changed, 3 insertions(+), 3 deletions(-)
>
> diff --git a/fs/proc/base.c b/fs/proc/base.c
> index 8418fcc..9132488 100644
> --- a/fs/proc/base.c
> +++ b/fs/proc/base.c
> @@ -1367,7 +1367,7 @@ struct file *get_mm_exe_file(struct mm_struct *mm)
>
> /* We need mmap_sem to protect against races with removal of
> * VM_EXECUTABLE vmas */
> - down_read(&mm->mmap_sem);
> + down_read_unfair(&mm->mmap_sem);
> exe_file = mm->exe_file;
> if (exe_file)
> get_file(exe_file);
> diff --git a/fs/proc/task_mmu.c b/fs/proc/task_mmu.c
> index 0705534..09647ad 100644
> --- a/fs/proc/task_mmu.c
> +++ b/fs/proc/task_mmu.c
> @@ -123,7 +123,7 @@ static void *m_start(struct seq_file *m, loff_t *pos)
> mm = mm_for_maps(priv->task);
> if (!mm)
> return NULL;
> - down_read(&mm->mmap_sem);
> + down_read_unfair(&mm->mmap_sem);
>
> tail_vma = get_gate_vma(priv->task);
> priv->tail_vma = tail_vma;
> diff --git a/fs/proc/task_nommu.c b/fs/proc/task_nommu.c
> index 46d4b5d..56ca830 100644
> --- a/fs/proc/task_nommu.c
> +++ b/fs/proc/task_nommu.c
> @@ -194,7 +194,7 @@ static void *m_start(struct seq_file *m, loff_t *pos)
> priv->task = NULL;
> return NULL;
> }
> - down_read(&mm->mmap_sem);
> + down_read_unfair(&mm->mmap_sem);
>
> /* start from the Nth VMA */
> for (p = rb_first(&mm->mm_rb); p; p = rb_next(p))
> --
> 1.7.0.1
>
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