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Subject[PATCH v2] trace : use kvzalloc instead of kzalloc
High order memory stuff within trace could introduce OOM, use kvzalloc instead.

Please find the bellowing for the call stack we run across in an android system.
The scenario happens when traced_probes is woken up to get a large quantity of
trace even if free memory is even higher than watermark_low. 

traced_probes invoked oom-killer: gfp_mask=0x140c0c0(GFP_KERNEL|__GFP_COMP|__GFP_ZERO), nodemask=(null), order=2, oom_score_adj=-1

traced_probes cpuset=system-background mems_allowed=0
CPU: 3 PID: 588 Comm: traced_probes Tainted: G W O 4.14.181 #1
Hardware name: Generic DT based system
(unwind_backtrace) from [<c010d824>] (show_stack+0x20/0x24)
(show_stack) from [<c0b2e174>] (dump_stack+0xa8/0xec)
(dump_stack) from [<c027d584>] (dump_header+0x9c/0x220)
(dump_header) from [<c027cfe4>] (oom_kill_process+0xc0/0x5c4)
(oom_kill_process) from [<c027cb94>] (out_of_memory+0x220/0x310)
(out_of_memory) from [<c02816bc>] (__alloc_pages_nodemask+0xff8/0x13a4)
(__alloc_pages_nodemask) from [<c02a6a1c>] (kmalloc_order+0x30/0x48)
(kmalloc_order) from [<c02a6a64>] (kmalloc_order_trace+0x30/0x118)
(kmalloc_order_trace) from [<c0223d7c>] (tracing_buffers_open+0x50/0xfc)
(tracing_buffers_open) from [<c02e6f58>] (do_dentry_open+0x278/0x34c)
(do_dentry_open) from [<c02e70d0>] (vfs_open+0x50/0x70)
(vfs_open) from [<c02f7c24>] (path_openat+0x5fc/0x169c)
(path_openat) from [<c02f75c4>] (do_filp_open+0x94/0xf8)
(do_filp_open) from [<c02e7650>] (do_sys_open+0x168/0x26c)
(do_sys_open) from [<c02e77bc>] (SyS_openat+0x34/0x38)
(SyS_openat) from [<c0108bc0>] (ret_fast_syscall+0x0/0x28)

Signed-off-by: Zhaoyang Huang <>
kernel/trace/trace.c | 4 ++--
1 file changed, 2 insertions(+), 2 deletions(-)

diff --git a/kernel/trace/trace.c b/kernel/trace/trace.c
index ca1ee65..1a038a2 100644
--- a/kernel/trace/trace.c
+++ b/kernel/trace/trace.c
@@ -6891,7 +6891,7 @@ static int tracing_buffers_open(struct inode *inode, struct file *filp)
if (trace_array_get(tr) < 0)
return -ENODEV;

- info = kzalloc(sizeof(*info), GFP_KERNEL);
+ info = kvzalloc(sizeof(*info), GFP_KERNEL);
if (!info) {
return -ENOMEM;
@@ -7017,7 +7017,7 @@ static int tracing_buffers_release(struct inode *inode, struct file *file)
if (info->spare)
info->spare_cpu, info->spare);
- kfree(info);
+ kvfree(info);


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