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SubjectRe: [PATCH] prctl_set_mm: downgrade mmap_sem to read lock
On Thu, Apr 18, 2019 at 03:50:39PM +0200, Michal Koutný wrote:
> I learnt, it's, alas, too late to drop the non PRCTL_SET_MM_MAP calls
> [1], so at least downgrade the write acquisition of mmap_sem as in the
> patch below (that should be stacked on the previous one or squashed).
> Cyrill, you mentioned lock changes in [1] but the link seems empty. Is
> it supposed to be [2]? That could be an alternative to this patch after
> some refreshments and clarifications.
> [1]
> [2]
> ========
> Since commit 88aa7cc688d4 ("mm: introduce arg_lock to protect
> arg_start|end and env_start|end in mm_struct") we use arg_lock for
> boundaries modifications. Synchronize prctl_set_mm with this lock and
> keep mmap_sem for reading only (analogous to what we already do in
> prctl_set_mm_map).
> Also, save few cycles by looking up VMA only after performing basic
> arguments validation.
> Signed-off-by: Michal Koutný <>
Reviewed-by: Cyrill Gorcunov <>

As Laurent mentioned we might move vma lookup before the spinlock,
but this might be done on top of the series.

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