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Subject[PATCH 3/5] ring-buffer: Do no reuse reader page if still in use
From: "Steven Rostedt (VMware)" <>

To free the reader page that is allocated with ring_buffer_alloc_read_page(),
ring_buffer_free_read_page() must be called. For faster performance, this
page can be reused by the ring buffer to avoid having to free and allocate
new pages.

The issue arises when the page is used with a splice pipe into the
networking code. The networking code may up the page counter for the page,
and keep it active while sending it is queued to go to the network. The
incrementing of the page ref does not prevent it from being reused in the
ring buffer, and this can cause the page that is being sent out to the
network to be modified before it is sent by reading new data.

Add a check to the page ref counter, and only reuse the page if it is not
being used anywhere else.

Fixes: 73a757e63114d ("ring-buffer: Return reader page back into existing ring buffer")
Signed-off-by: Steven Rostedt (VMware) <>
kernel/trace/ring_buffer.c | 6 ++++++
1 file changed, 6 insertions(+)

diff --git a/kernel/trace/ring_buffer.c b/kernel/trace/ring_buffer.c
index e06cde093f76..9ab18995ff1e 100644
--- a/kernel/trace/ring_buffer.c
+++ b/kernel/trace/ring_buffer.c
@@ -4404,8 +4404,13 @@ void ring_buffer_free_read_page(struct ring_buffer *buffer, int cpu, void *data)
struct ring_buffer_per_cpu *cpu_buffer = buffer->buffers[cpu];
struct buffer_data_page *bpage = data;
+ struct page *page = virt_to_page(bpage);
unsigned long flags;

+ /* If the page is still in use someplace else, we can't reuse it */
+ if (page_ref_count(page) > 1)
+ goto out;

@@ -4417,6 +4422,7 @@ void ring_buffer_free_read_page(struct ring_buffer *buffer, int cpu, void *data)

+ out:
free_page((unsigned long)bpage);

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