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SubjectRe: dm: Use kzalloc for all structs with embedded biosets/mempools
On 6/5/18 8:45 AM, Mike Snitzer wrote:
> On Tue, Jun 05 2018 at 10:22P -0400,
> Jens Axboe <> wrote:
>> On 6/5/18 3:26 AM, Kent Overstreet wrote:
>>> mempool_init()/bioset_init() require that the mempools/biosets be zeroed
>>> first; they probably should not _require_ this, but not allocating those
>>> structs with kzalloc is a fairly nonsensical thing to do (calling
>>> mempool_exit()/bioset_exit() on an uninitialized mempool/bioset is legal
>>> and safe, but only works if said memory was zeroed.)
>>> Signed-off-by: Kent Overstreet <>
>>> ---
>>> Linus,
>>> I fucked up majorly on the bioset/mempool conversion - I forgot to check that
>>> everything biosets/mempools were being embedded in was actually being zeroed on
>>> allocation. Device mapper currently explodes, you'll probably want to apply this
>>> patch post haste.
>>> I have now done that auditing, for every single conversion - this patch fixes
>>> everything I found. There do not seem to be any incorrect ones outside of device
>>> mapper...
>>> We'll probably want a second patch that either a) changes
>>> bioset_init()/mempool_init() to zero the passed in bioset/mempool first, or b)
>>> my preference, WARN() or BUG() if they're passed memory that isn't zeroed.
>> Odd, haven't seen a crash, but probably requires kasan or poisoning to
>> trigger anything? Mike's tree also had the changes, since they were based
>> on the block tree.
>> I can queue this up and ship it later today. Mike, you want to review
>> this one?
> Yes, looks good.
> From the start of revisiting these changes last week, Kent and I
> discussed whether it was safe to call mempool_exit() even if
> mempool_init() failed or was never called. He advised that it was so
> long as the containing structure was zeroed. But I forgot to audit that
> aspect. So this was an oversight by both of us.
> DM core uses kvzalloc_node for struct mapped_device and cache, crypt,
> integrity, verity-fec and zoned targets are already using kzalloc as
> needed.
> Acked-by: Mike Snitzer <>

Thanks Mike, I'll push this out this morning.

Jens Axboe

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