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SubjectRe: [PATCH V3 2/4] arm64/mm: Hold memory hotplug lock while walking for kernel page table dump
On Tue, May 14, 2019 at 02:30:05PM +0530, Anshuman Khandual wrote:
> The arm64 pagetable dump code can race with concurrent modification of the
> kernel page tables. When a leaf entries are modified concurrently, the dump
> code may log stale or inconsistent information for a VA range, but this is
> otherwise not harmful.
>
> When intermediate levels of table are freed, the dump code will continue to
> use memory which has been freed and potentially reallocated for another
> purpose. In such cases, the dump code may dereference bogus addressses,
> leading to a number of potential problems.
>
> Intermediate levels of table may by freed during memory hot-remove, or when
> installing a huge mapping in the vmalloc region. To avoid racing with these
> cases, take the memory hotplug lock when walking the kernel page table.
>
> Signed-off-by: Anshuman Khandual <anshuman.khandual@arm.com>

Can we please move this after the next patch (which addresses the huge
vmap case), and change the last paragraph to:

Intermediate levels of table may by freed during memory hot-remove,
which will be enabled by a subsequent patch. To avoid racing with
this, take the memory hotplug lock when walking the kernel page table.

With that, this looks good to me.

Thanks,
Mark.

> ---
> arch/arm64/mm/ptdump_debugfs.c | 3 +++
> 1 file changed, 3 insertions(+)
>
> diff --git a/arch/arm64/mm/ptdump_debugfs.c b/arch/arm64/mm/ptdump_debugfs.c
> index 064163f..80171d1 100644
> --- a/arch/arm64/mm/ptdump_debugfs.c
> +++ b/arch/arm64/mm/ptdump_debugfs.c
> @@ -7,7 +7,10 @@
> static int ptdump_show(struct seq_file *m, void *v)
> {
> struct ptdump_info *info = m->private;
> +
> + get_online_mems();
> ptdump_walk_pgd(m, info);
> + put_online_mems();
> return 0;
> }
> DEFINE_SHOW_ATTRIBUTE(ptdump);
> --
> 2.7.4
>

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