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    Subject[ 24/68] mm: memcg: Correct unregistring of events attached to the same eventfd
    3.0-stable review patch.  If anyone has any objections, please let me know.


    From: Anton Vorontsov <>

    commit 371528caec553785c37f73fa3926ea0de84f986f upstream.

    There is an issue when memcg unregisters events that were attached to
    the same eventfd:

    - On the first call mem_cgroup_usage_unregister_event() removes all
    events attached to a given eventfd, and if there were no events left,
    thresholds->primary would become NULL;

    - Since there were several events registered, cgroups core will call
    mem_cgroup_usage_unregister_event() again, but now kernel will oops,
    as the function doesn't expect that threshold->primary may be NULL.

    That's a good question whether mem_cgroup_usage_unregister_event()
    should actually remove all events in one go, but nowadays it can't
    do any better as cftype->unregister_event callback doesn't pass
    any private event-associated cookie. So, let's fix the issue by
    simply checking for threshold->primary.

    FWIW, w/o the patch the following oops may be observed:

    BUG: unable to handle kernel NULL pointer dereference at 0000000000000004
    IP: [<ffffffff810be32c>] mem_cgroup_usage_unregister_event+0x9c/0x1f0
    Pid: 574, comm: kworker/0:2 Not tainted 3.3.0-rc4+ #9 Bochs Bochs
    RIP: 0010:[<ffffffff810be32c>] [<ffffffff810be32c>] mem_cgroup_usage_unregister_event+0x9c/0x1f0
    RSP: 0018:ffff88001d0b9d60 EFLAGS: 00010246
    Process kworker/0:2 (pid: 574, threadinfo ffff88001d0b8000, task ffff88001de91cc0)
    Call Trace:
    [<ffffffff8107092b>] cgroup_event_remove+0x2b/0x60
    [<ffffffff8103db94>] process_one_work+0x174/0x450
    [<ffffffff8103e413>] worker_thread+0x123/0x2d0

    Signed-off-by: Anton Vorontsov <>
    Acked-by: KAMEZAWA Hiroyuki <>
    Cc: Kirill A. Shutemov <>
    Cc: Michal Hocko <>
    Signed-off-by: Linus Torvalds <>
    Signed-off-by: Greg Kroah-Hartman <>

    mm/memcontrol.c | 5 ++++-
    1 file changed, 4 insertions(+), 1 deletion(-)

    --- a/mm/memcontrol.c
    +++ b/mm/memcontrol.c
    @@ -4558,6 +4558,9 @@ static void mem_cgroup_usage_unregister_

    + if (!thresholds->primary)
    + goto unlock;
    usage = mem_cgroup_usage(memcg, type == _MEMSWAP);

    /* Check if a threshold crossed before removing */
    @@ -4606,7 +4609,7 @@ swap_buffers:

    /* To be sure that nobody uses thresholds */

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