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SubjectRe: [PATCH] arch/cris: use get_user_pages_fast()
On Sun, 21 Jan 2018, Al Viro wrote:

>On Sun, Jan 21, 2018 at 02:59:29PM -0800, Davidlohr Bueso wrote:
>> Since we currently hold mmap_sem across both gup calls (and
>> nothing more), we can substitute it with two _fast()
>> alternatives and possibly avoid grabbing the lock.
>> This was found while adding mmap_sem wrappers, and was also
>> previously reported by Al:
>See commit 9a949e8ff92246c0753b2805c2a001cb991fffe5
>Author: Al Viro <>
>Date: Sat Nov 18 14:37:46 2017 -0500
> cris: switch to get_user_pages_fast()
> no point holding ->mmap_sem over both calls.
> Signed-off-by: Al Viro <>

Serves me for developing on Linus' tree, cool.

Now, regarding the other two which are technically bugs (not
holding mmap_sem under gup), you mention I don't see those in
next, so I'm assuming you didn't get to them.

- mthca_map_user_db(): I came to the same conclusion and tempted
to send out the same idea of unlocking the mutex for gup_fast()
so we can take mmap_sem if needed.

- ia64's store_virtual_to_phys() is a sysfs attribute and
holds no (other) locks. How about we just convert it as well?

diff --git a/arch/ia64/kernel/err_inject.c b/arch/ia64/kernel/err_inject.c
index 85bba43e7d5d..658a8e06a69b 100644
--- a/arch/ia64/kernel/err_inject.c
+++ b/arch/ia64/kernel/err_inject.c
@@ -142,7 +142,7 @@ store_virtual_to_phys(struct device *dev, struct device_attribute *attr,
u64 virt_addr=simple_strtoull(buf, NULL, 16);
int ret;

- ret = get_user_pages(virt_addr, 1, FOLL_WRITE, NULL, NULL);
+ ret = get_user_pages_fast(virt_addr, 1, FOLL_WRITE, NULL);
if (ret<=0) {
printk("Virtual address %lx is not existing.\n",virt_addr);


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