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SubjectRe: [PATCH] mm: memcg: fix use after free in mem_cgroup_iter()
On Thu 19-07-18 09:23:10, Shakeel Butt wrote:
> On Thu, Jul 19, 2018 at 3:43 AM Michal Hocko <mhocko@kernel.org> wrote:
> >
> > [CC Andrew]
> >
> > On Thu 19-07-18 18:06:47, Jing Xia wrote:
> > > It was reported that a kernel crash happened in mem_cgroup_iter(),
> > > which can be triggered if the legacy cgroup-v1 non-hierarchical
> > > mode is used.
> > >
> > > Unable to handle kernel paging request at virtual address 6b6b6b6b6b6b8f
> > > ......
> > > Call trace:
> > > mem_cgroup_iter+0x2e0/0x6d4
> > > shrink_zone+0x8c/0x324
> > > balance_pgdat+0x450/0x640
> > > kswapd+0x130/0x4b8
> > > kthread+0xe8/0xfc
> > > ret_from_fork+0x10/0x20
> > >
> > > mem_cgroup_iter():
> > > ......
> > > if (css_tryget(css)) <-- crash here
> > > break;
> > > ......
> > >
> > > The crashing reason is that mem_cgroup_iter() uses the memcg object
> > > whose pointer is stored in iter->position, which has been freed before
> > > and filled with POISON_FREE(0x6b).
> > >
> > > And the root cause of the use-after-free issue is that
> > > invalidate_reclaim_iterators() fails to reset the value of
> > > iter->position to NULL when the css of the memcg is released in non-
> > > hierarchical mode.
> >
> > Well, spotted!
> >
> > I suspect
> > Fixes: 6df38689e0e9 ("mm: memcontrol: fix possible memcg leak due to interrupted reclaim")
> >
> > but maybe it goes further into past. I also suggest
> > Cc: stable
> >
> > even though the non-hierarchical mode is strongly discouraged.
>
> Why not set root_mem_cgroup's use_hierarchy to true by default on
> init? If someone wants non-hierarchical mode, they can explicitly set
> it to false.

We do not change defaults under users feet usually.
--
Michal Hocko
SUSE Labs

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