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SubjectRe: dmapool regression in next
On 12/6/18 10:51 AM, Robin Murphy wrote:
>> Here is the prototype:
>> void dma_pool_free(struct dma_pool *pool, void *vaddr, dma_addr_t dma);
>> With the old code, the 'dma' value had to be correct for use with
>> pool_find_page(), or else you would get an error.  If the 'vaddr' value
>> was incorrect, it would corrupt the dmapool freelist, but you wouldn't
>> get an error unless DMAPOOL_DEBUG was enabled.
>> With my patch applied, 'vaddr' has to be correct for virt_to_page().  My
>> code also checks that 'dma' is consistent with 'vaddr' even if
>> DMAPOOL_DEBUG is disabled, since the check is fast and it will prevent
>> problems like this in the future.
> Unfortunately that logic has a fatal flaw - DMA pools are backed by
> dma_alloc_coherent(), and there is absolutely no guarantee that the
> memory dma_alloc_coherent() returns is backed by a struct page at all.
> Even if it is, there is still absolutely no guarantee that the vaddr
> value it returns is valid for virt_to_page() - on many systems it will
> be in vmalloc or some architecture-specific region of address space.
> The problem is not that these drivers are buggy (they're not - the arch
> code is returning a vmalloc()ed non-cacheable remap in the first place),
> it's that 26abe88e830d is fundamentally unworkable and needs reverting.
> Apparently the original patches managed not to catch my eye as something
> I needed to review, sorry about that :(
> Robin.
Thanks for the info; the inner workings of the vm system are a bit out
of my area of expertise.  My first version of the patch series used a
different method that didn't rely on virt_to_page(); I will go back to
that version, clean it up, and resubmit when I have time.

Andrew, please revert all 9 patches.  I will resubmit the set when I
have a workable solution.

Tony Battersby

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