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SubjectRe: [PATCH] mm: fix a data race in put_page()
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On 2/6/20 7:23 AM, Qian Cai wrote:
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>
>> On Feb 6, 2020, at 9:55 AM, Jan Kara <jack@suse.cz> wrote:
>>
>> I don't think the problem is real. The question is how to make KCSAN happy
>> in a way that doesn't silence other possibly useful things it can find and
>> also which makes it most obvious to the reader what's going on... IMHO
>> using READ_ONCE() fulfills these targets nicely - it is free
>> performance-wise in this case, it silences the checker without impacting
>> other races on page->flags, its kind of obvious we don't want the load torn
>> in this case so it makes sense to the reader (although a comment may be
>> nice).
>
> Actually, use the data_race() macro there fulfilling the same purpose too, i.e, silence the splat here but still keep searching for other races.
>

Yes, but both READ_ONCE() and data_race() would be saying untrue things about this code,
and that somewhat offends my sense of perfection... :)

* READ_ONCE(): this field need not be restricted to being read only once, so the
name is immediately wrong. We're using side effects of READ_ONCE().

* data_race(): there is no race on the N bits worth of page zone number data. There
is only a perceived race, due to tools that look at word-level granularity.

I'd propose one or both of the following:

a) Hope that Marcus has an idea to enhance KCSAN so as to support this model of
access, and/or

b) Add a new, better-named macro to indicate what's going on. Initial bikeshed-able
candidates:

READ_RO_BITS()
READ_IMMUTABLE_BITS()
...etc...

thanks,
--
John Hubbard
NVIDIA

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