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Subject[PATCH] mm: page_mkclean vs MADV_DONTNEED race
MADV_DONTNEED is handled with mmap_sem taken in read mode.
We call page_mkclean without holding mmap_sem.

MADV_DONTNEED implies that pages in the region are unmapped and subsequent
access to the pages in that range is handled as a new page fault.
This implies that if we don't have parallel access to the region when
MADV_DONTNEED is run we expect those range to be unallocated.

w.r.t page_mkclean we need to make sure that we don't break the MADV_DONTNEED
semantics. MADV_DONTNEED check for pmd_none without holding pmd_lock.
This implies we skip the pmd if we temporarily mark pmd none. Avoid doing
that while marking the page clean.

Keep the sequence same for dax too even though we don't support MADV_DONTNEED
for dax mapping

Signed-off-by: Aneesh Kumar K.V <>
fs/dax.c | 2 +-
mm/rmap.c | 2 +-
2 files changed, 2 insertions(+), 2 deletions(-)

diff --git a/fs/dax.c b/fs/dax.c
index 01bfb2ac34f9..697bc2f59b90 100644
--- a/fs/dax.c
+++ b/fs/dax.c
@@ -814,7 +814,7 @@ static void dax_entry_mkclean(struct address_space *mapping, pgoff_t index,
goto unlock_pmd;

flush_cache_page(vma, address, pfn);
- pmd = pmdp_huge_clear_flush(vma, address, pmdp);
+ pmd = pmdp_invalidate(vma, address, pmdp);
pmd = pmd_wrprotect(pmd);
pmd = pmd_mkclean(pmd);
set_pmd_at(vma->vm_mm, address, pmdp, pmd);
diff --git a/mm/rmap.c b/mm/rmap.c
index b30c7c71d1d9..76c8dfd3ae1c 100644
--- a/mm/rmap.c
+++ b/mm/rmap.c
@@ -928,7 +928,7 @@ static bool page_mkclean_one(struct page *page, struct vm_area_struct *vma,

flush_cache_page(vma, address, page_to_pfn(page));
- entry = pmdp_huge_clear_flush(vma, address, pmd);
+ entry = pmdp_invalidate(vma, address, pmd);
entry = pmd_wrprotect(entry);
entry = pmd_mkclean(entry);
set_pmd_at(vma->vm_mm, address, pmd, entry);
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