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SubjectRe: [PATCH v1 0/2] mm/kdump: exclude reserved pages in dumps
On 24.07.2018 15:13, Michal Hocko wrote:
> On Tue 24-07-18 14:17:12, David Hildenbrand wrote:
>> On 24.07.2018 09:25, Michal Hocko wrote:
>>> On Mon 23-07-18 19:20:43, David Hildenbrand wrote:
>>>> On 23.07.2018 14:30, Michal Hocko wrote:
>>>>> On Mon 23-07-18 13:45:18, Vlastimil Babka wrote:
>>>>>> On 07/20/2018 02:34 PM, David Hildenbrand wrote:
>>>>>>> Dumping tools (like makedumpfile) right now don't exclude reserved pages.
>>>>>>> So reserved pages might be access by dump tools although nobody except
>>>>>>> the owner should touch them.
>>>>>> Are you sure about that? Or maybe I understand wrong. Maybe it changed
>>>>>> recently, but IIRC pages that are backing memmap (struct pages) are also
>>>>>> PG_reserved. And you definitely do want those in the dump.
>>>>> You are right. reserve_bootmem_region will make all early bootmem
>>>>> allocations (including those backing memmaps) PageReserved. I have asked
>>>>> several times but I haven't seen a satisfactory answer yet. Why do we
>>>>> even care for kdump about those. If they are reserved the nobody should
>>>>> really look at those specific struct pages and manipulate them. Kdump
>>>>> tools are using a kernel interface to read the content. If the specific
>>>>> content is backed by a non-existing memory then they should simply not
>>>>> return anything.
>>>> "new kernel" provides an interface to read memory from "old kernel".
>>>> The new kernel has no idea about
>>>> - which memory was added/online in the old kernel
>>>> - where struct pages of the old kernel are and what their content is
>>>> - which memory is save to touch and which not
>>>> Dump tools figure all that out by interpreting the VMCORE. They e.g.
>>>> identify "struct pages" and see if they should be dumped. The "new
>>>> kernel" only allows to read that memory. It cannot hinder to crash the
>>>> system (e.g. if a dump tool would try to read a hwpoison page).
>>>> So how should the "new kernel" know if a page can be touched or not?
>>> I am sorry I am not familiar with kdump much. But from what I remember
>>> it reads from /proc/vmcore and implementation of this interface should
>>> simply return EINVAL or alike when you try to dump inaccessible memory
>>> range.
>> Oh, and BTW, while something like -EINVAL could work, we usually don't
>> want to try to read certain pages at all (e.g. ballooned pages -
>> accessing the page might work but involves quite some overhead in the
>> hypervisor).
>> So we should either handle this in dump tools (reserved + ...?) or while
>> doing the read similar to XEN (is_ram_page()).
> Yes, I think this is the proper way. Just test for PageOnline
> in read_from_oldmem/copy_oldmem_page. Btw. we already page
> pfn_to_online_page which performs the per-section online/offline
> status. This should be extendable to consider your new PageOffline
> state.

That is the important bit:

What the new kernel sees is not what the old kernel saw.

Checking for pfn_to_online_page() from
read_from_oldmem/copy_oldmem_page() is plain wrong.

E.g. ACPI hotplug memory is not even added in the new kernel - see
"acpi_no_memhotplug" which is used in kdump environments.

The only thing we can do is
- query the hypervisor
- try to access and get an exception



David / dhildenb

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