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SubjectRe: [PATCH] gup: return -EFAULT on access_ok failure
On Wed, Apr 04, 2018 at 07:40:36PM -0700, Linus Torvalds wrote:
> On Wed, Apr 4, 2018 at 6:53 PM, Michael S. Tsirkin <> wrote:
> >
> > Any feedback on this? As this fixes a bug in vhost, I'll merge
> > through the vhost tree unless someone objects.
> NAK.
> __get_user_pages_fast() returns the number of pages it gets.
> It has never returned an error code, and all the other versions of it
> (architecture-specific) don't either.

Thanks Linus. I can change the docs and all the callers.

I wonder however whether all the following should be changed then:

static long __get_user_pages(struct task_struct *tsk, struct mm_struct *mm,


if (!vma || check_vma_flags(vma, gup_flags))
return i ? : -EFAULT;

is this a bug in __get_user_pages?

Another example:

ret = get_gate_page(mm, start & PAGE_MASK,
gup_flags, &vma,
pages ? &pages[i] : NULL);
if (ret)
return i ? : ret;

and ret is -EFAULT on error.

Another example:
switch (ret) {
case 0:
goto retry;
case -EFAULT:
case -ENOMEM:
return i ? i : ret;
case -EBUSY:
return i;
case -ENOENT:
goto next_page;

it looks like this will return -EFAULT/-ENOMEM/-EHWPOISON
if i is 0.

> If you ask for one page, and get zero pages, then that's an -EFAULT.
> Note that that's an EFAULT regardless of whether that zero page
> happened due to kernel addresses or just lack of mapping in user
> space.
> The documentation is simply wrong if it says anything else. Fix the
> docs, and fix the users.
> The correct use has always been to check the number of pages returned.
> Just looking around, returning an error number looks like it could
> seriously confuse some things.
> You have things like the kvm code that
> does the *right* thing:
> unsigned long ... npinned ...
> npinned = get_user_pages_fast(uaddr, npages, write ?
> FOLL_WRITE : 0, pages);
> if (npinned != npages) {
> ...
> err:
> if (npinned > 0)
> release_pages(pages, npinned);
> and the above code clearly depends on the actual behavior, not on the
> documentation.

This seems to work fine with my patch since it only changes the
case where npinned == 0.

> Any changes in this area would need some *extreme* care, exactly
> because of code like the above that clearly depends on the existing
> semantics.
> In fact, the documentation really seems to be just buggy. The actual
> get_user_pages() function itself is expressly being careful *not* to
> return an error code, it even has a comment to the effect ("Have to be
> a bit careful with return values").
> So the "If no pages were pinned, returns -errno" comment is just bogus.
> Linus

I'd like to change the doc then, but it seems that I'll have to change
the implementation in that case too.


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