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Subject[PATCH v4 06/10] userfaultfd: disable huge PMD sharing for MINOR registered VMAs
As the comment says: for the MINOR fault use case, although the page
might be present and populated in the other (non-UFFD-registered) half
of the mapping, it may be out of date, and we explicitly want userspace
to get a minor fault so it can check and potentially update the page's

Huge PMD sharing would prevent these faults from occurring for
suitably aligned areas, so disable it upon UFFD registration.

Reviewed-by: Peter Xu <>
Signed-off-by: Axel Rasmussen <>
include/linux/userfaultfd_k.h | 13 ++++++++++---
1 file changed, 10 insertions(+), 3 deletions(-)

diff --git a/include/linux/userfaultfd_k.h b/include/linux/userfaultfd_k.h
index 0390e5ac63b3..e060d5f77cc5 100644
--- a/include/linux/userfaultfd_k.h
+++ b/include/linux/userfaultfd_k.h
@@ -56,12 +56,19 @@ static inline bool is_mergeable_vm_userfaultfd_ctx(struct vm_area_struct *vma,

- * Never enable huge pmd sharing on uffd-wp registered vmas, because uffd-wp
- * protect information is per pgtable entry.
+ * Never enable huge pmd sharing on some uffd registered vmas:
+ *
+ * - VM_UFFD_WP VMAs, because write protect information is per pgtable entry.
+ *
+ * - VM_UFFD_MINOR VMAs, because otherwise we would never get minor faults for
+ * VMAs which share huge pmds. (If you have two mappings to the same
+ * underlying pages, and fault in the non-UFFD-registered one with a write,
+ * with huge pmd sharing this would *also* setup the second UFFD-registered
+ * mapping, and we'd not get minor faults.)
static inline bool uffd_disable_huge_pmd_share(struct vm_area_struct *vma)
- return vma->vm_flags & VM_UFFD_WP;
+ return vma->vm_flags & (VM_UFFD_WP | VM_UFFD_MINOR);

static inline bool userfaultfd_missing(struct vm_area_struct *vma)
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