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SubjectRe: [PATCH v3 8/8] x86, mm, gup: prevent get_page() race with munmap in paravirt guest
On Tue, Dec 17, 2019 at 02:15:48AM +0530, Ajay Kaher wrote:
> From: Vlastimil Babka <>
> The x86 version of get_user_pages_fast() relies on disabled interrupts to
> synchronize gup_pte_range() between gup_get_pte(ptep); and get_page() against
> a parallel munmap. The munmap side nulls the pte, then flushes TLBs, then
> releases the page. As TLB flush is done synchronously via IPI disabling
> interrupts blocks the page release, and get_page(), which assumes existing
> reference on page, is thus safe.
> However when TLB flush is done by a hypercall, e.g. in a Xen PV guest, there is
> no blocking thanks to disabled interrupts, and get_page() can succeed on a page
> that was already freed or even reused.
> We have recently seen this happen with our 4.4 and 4.12 based kernels, with
> userspace (java) that exits a thread, where mm_release() performs a futex_wake()
> on tsk->clear_child_tid, and another thread in parallel unmaps the page where
> tsk->clear_child_tid points to. The spurious get_page() succeeds, but futex code
> immediately releases the page again, while it's already on a freelist. Symptoms
> include a bad page state warning, general protection faults acessing a poisoned
> list prev/next pointer in the freelist, or free page pcplists of two cpus joined
> together in a single list. Oscar has also reproduced this scenario, with a
> patch inserting delays before the get_page() to make the race window larger.
> Fix this by removing the dependency on TLB flush interrupts the same way as the

This is suppsed to be fixed by:

arch/x86/Kconfig: select HAVE_RCU_TABLE_FREE if PARAVIRT

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