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SubjectRe: [PATCH 3/7] cachefiles: Fix page leak in cachefiles_read_backing_file while vmscan is active
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David Howells <dhowells@redhat.com> writes:

> From: Kiran Kumar Modukuri <kiran.modukuri@gmail.com>
>
> [Description]
>
> In a heavily loaded system where the system pagecache is nearing memory
> limits and fscache is enabled, pages can be leaked by fscache while trying
> read pages from cachefiles backend. This can happen because two
> applications can be reading same page from a single mount, two threads can
> be trying to read the backing page at same time. This results in one of
> the threads finding that a page for the backing file or netfs file is
> already in the radix tree. During the error handling cachefiles does not
> clean up the reference on backing page, leading to page leak.
>
> [Fix]
> The fix is straightforward, to decrement the reference when error is
> encountered.
>
> [dhowells: Note that I've removed the clearance and put of newpage as
> they aren't attested in the commit message and don't appear to actually
> achieve anything since a new page is only allocated is newpage!=NULL and
> any residual new page is cleared before returning.]

Sorry I hadn't got back to you on this; I think we also discussed this
with the Ubuntu kernel team and concluded - as you did - that these
didn't fix any bugs but did make things seem more consistent.

Regards,
Daniel
>
> [Testing]
> I have tested the fix using following method for 12+ hrs.
>
> 1) mkdir -p /mnt/nfs ; mount -o vers=3,fsc <server_ip>:/export /mnt/nfs
> 2) create 10000 files of 2.8MB in a NFS mount.
> 3) start a thread to simulate heavy VM presssure
> (while true ; do echo 3 > /proc/sys/vm/drop_caches ; sleep 1 ; done)&
> 4) start multiple parallel reader for data set at same time
> find /mnt/nfs -type f | xargs -P 80 cat > /dev/null &
> find /mnt/nfs -type f | xargs -P 80 cat > /dev/null &
> find /mnt/nfs -type f | xargs -P 80 cat > /dev/null &
> ..
> ..
> find /mnt/nfs -type f | xargs -P 80 cat > /dev/null &
> find /mnt/nfs -type f | xargs -P 80 cat > /dev/null &
> 5) finally check using cat /proc/fs/fscache/stats | grep -i pages ;
> free -h , cat /proc/meminfo and page-types -r -b lru
> to ensure all pages are freed.
>
> Reviewed-by: Daniel Axtens <dja@axtens.net>
> Signed-off-by: Shantanu Goel <sgoel01@yahoo.com>
> Signed-off-by: Kiran Kumar Modukuri <kiran.modukuri@gmail.com>
> [dja: forward ported to current upstream]
> Signed-off-by: Daniel Axtens <dja@axtens.net>
> Signed-off-by: David Howells <dhowells@redhat.com>
> ---
>
> fs/cachefiles/rdwr.c | 6 ++++++
> 1 file changed, 6 insertions(+)
>
> diff --git a/fs/cachefiles/rdwr.c b/fs/cachefiles/rdwr.c
> index 40f7595aad10..db233588a69a 100644
> --- a/fs/cachefiles/rdwr.c
> +++ b/fs/cachefiles/rdwr.c
> @@ -535,7 +535,10 @@ static int cachefiles_read_backing_file(struct cachefiles_object *object,
> netpage->index, cachefiles_gfp);
> if (ret < 0) {
> if (ret == -EEXIST) {
> + put_page(backpage);
> + backpage = NULL;
> put_page(netpage);
> + netpage = NULL;
> fscache_retrieval_complete(op, 1);
> continue;
> }
> @@ -608,7 +611,10 @@ static int cachefiles_read_backing_file(struct cachefiles_object *object,
> netpage->index, cachefiles_gfp);
> if (ret < 0) {
> if (ret == -EEXIST) {
> + put_page(backpage);
> + backpage = NULL;
> put_page(netpage);
> + netpage = NULL;
> fscache_retrieval_complete(op, 1);
> continue;
> }

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