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SubjectRe: [PATCH] mm: Make kvfree safe to call
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On Fri, 2019-07-26 at 14:10 -0700, Alexander Duyck wrote:
> On Fri, Jul 26, 2019 at 2:01 PM Matthew Wilcox <willy@infradead.org> wrote:
> > From: "Matthew Wilcox (Oracle)" <willy@infradead.org>
> >
> > Since vfree() can sleep, calling kvfree() from contexts where sleeping
> > is not permitted (eg holding a spinlock) is a bit of a lottery whether
> > it'll work. Introduce kvfree_safe() for situations where we know we can
> > sleep, but make kvfree() safe by default.
> >
> > Reported-by: Jeff Layton <jlayton@kernel.org>
> > Cc: Alexander Viro <viro@zeniv.linux.org.uk>
> > Cc: Luis Henriques <lhenriques@suse.com>
> > Cc: Christoph Hellwig <hch@lst.de>
> > Cc: Carlos Maiolino <cmaiolino@redhat.com>
> > Signed-off-by: Matthew Wilcox (Oracle) <willy@infradead.org>
>
> So you say you are adding kvfree_safe() in the patch description, but
> it looks like you are introducing kvfree_fast() below. Did something
> change and the patch description wasn't updated, or is this just the
> wrong description for this patch?
>
> > ---
> > mm/util.c | 26 ++++++++++++++++++++++++--
> > 1 file changed, 24 insertions(+), 2 deletions(-)
> >
> > diff --git a/mm/util.c b/mm/util.c
> > index bab284d69c8c..992f0332dced 100644
> > --- a/mm/util.c
> > +++ b/mm/util.c
> > @@ -470,6 +470,28 @@ void *kvmalloc_node(size_t size, gfp_t flags, int node)
> > }
> > EXPORT_SYMBOL(kvmalloc_node);
> >
> > +/**
> > + * kvfree_fast() - Free memory.
> > + * @addr: Pointer to allocated memory.
> > + *
> > + * kvfree_fast frees memory allocated by any of vmalloc(), kmalloc() or
> > + * kvmalloc(). It is slightly more efficient to use kfree() or vfree() if
> > + * you are certain that you know which one to use.
> > + *
> > + * Context: Either preemptible task context or not-NMI interrupt. Must not
> > + * hold a spinlock as it can sleep.
> > + */
> > +void kvfree_fast(const void *addr)
> > +{
> > + might_sleep();
> > +

might_sleep_if(!in_interrupt());

That's what vfree does anyway, so we might as well exempt the case where
you are.

> > + if (is_vmalloc_addr(addr))
> > + vfree(addr);
> > + else
> > + kfree(addr);
> > +}
> > +EXPORT_SYMBOL(kvfree_fast);
> > +

That said -- is this really useful?

The only way to know that this is safe is to know what sort of
allocation it is, and in that case you can just call kfree or vfree as
appropriate.

> > /**
> > * kvfree() - Free memory.
> > * @addr: Pointer to allocated memory.
> > @@ -478,12 +500,12 @@ EXPORT_SYMBOL(kvmalloc_node);
> > * It is slightly more efficient to use kfree() or vfree() if you are certain
> > * that you know which one to use.
> > *
> > - * Context: Either preemptible task context or not-NMI interrupt.
> > + * Context: Any context except NMI.
> > */
> > void kvfree(const void *addr)
> > {
> > if (is_vmalloc_addr(addr))
> > - vfree(addr);
> > + vfree_atomic(addr);
> > else
> > kfree(addr);
> > }
> > --
> > 2.20.1
> >

--
Jeff Layton <jlayton@kernel.org>

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