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SubjectRe: [v4 PATCH] mm: introduce arg_lock to protect arg_start|end and env_start|end in mm_struct

On 4/17/18 11:29 AM, Andrew Morton wrote:
> On Sun, 15 Apr 2018 02:24:51 +0800 Yang Shi <> wrote:
>> mmap_sem is on the hot path of kernel, and it very contended, but it is
>> abused too. It is used to protect arg_start|end and evn_start|end when
>> reading /proc/$PID/cmdline and /proc/$PID/environ, but it doesn't make
>> sense since those proc files just expect to read 4 values atomically and
>> not related to VM, they could be set to arbitrary values by C/R.
>> And, the mmap_sem contention may cause unexpected issue like below:
>> INFO: task ps:14018 blocked for more than 120 seconds.
>> Tainted: G E 4.9.79-009.ali3000.alios7.x86_64 #1
>> "echo 0 > /proc/sys/kernel/hung_task_timeout_secs" disables this
>> message.
>> ps D 0 14018 1 0x00000004
>> ffff885582f84000 ffff885e8682f000 ffff880972943000 ffff885ebf499bc0
>> ffff8828ee120000 ffffc900349bfca8 ffffffff817154d0 0000000000000040
>> 00ffffff812f872a ffff885ebf499bc0 024000d000948300 ffff880972943000
>> Call Trace:
>> [<ffffffff817154d0>] ? __schedule+0x250/0x730
>> [<ffffffff817159e6>] schedule+0x36/0x80
>> [<ffffffff81718560>] rwsem_down_read_failed+0xf0/0x150
>> [<ffffffff81390a28>] call_rwsem_down_read_failed+0x18/0x30
>> [<ffffffff81717db0>] down_read+0x20/0x40
>> [<ffffffff812b9439>] proc_pid_cmdline_read+0xd9/0x4e0
>> [<ffffffff81253c95>] ? do_filp_open+0xa5/0x100
>> [<ffffffff81241d87>] __vfs_read+0x37/0x150
>> [<ffffffff812f824b>] ? security_file_permission+0x9b/0xc0
>> [<ffffffff81242266>] vfs_read+0x96/0x130
>> [<ffffffff812437b5>] SyS_read+0x55/0xc0
>> [<ffffffff8171a6da>] entry_SYSCALL_64_fastpath+0x1a/0xc5
>> Both Alexey Dobriyan and Michal Hocko suggested to use dedicated lock
>> for them to mitigate the abuse of mmap_sem.
>> So, introduce a new spinlock in mm_struct to protect the concurrent
>> access to arg_start|end, env_start|end and others, as well as replace
>> write map_sem to read to protect the race condition between prctl and
>> sys_brk which might break check_data_rlimit(), and makes prctl more
>> friendly to other VM operations.
> (We should move check_data_rlimit() out of the .h file)

I don't get the point, check_data_rlimit() is still used by both prctl
and sys_brk.

> It seems inconsistent to be using mmap_sem to protect ->start_brk and
> friends in sys_brk(). We've already declared that these are protected
> by arg_lock so that's what we should be using? And getting this
> consistent should permit us to stop using mmap_sem in prctl()
> altogether?

Cyrill already helped to elaborate the reason. arg_lock just can protect
the concurrent access of brk between prctl calls, but not sys_brk.


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