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SubjectRe: [PATCH] mm: memcontrol: switch to rcu protection in drain_all_stock()
On Fri 02-08-19 10:04:22, Michal Hocko wrote:
> On Thu 01-08-19 16:35:13, Roman Gushchin wrote:
> > Commit 72f0184c8a00 ("mm, memcg: remove hotplug locking from try_charge")
> > introduced css_tryget()/css_put() calls in drain_all_stock(),
> > which are supposed to protect the target memory cgroup from being
> > released during the mem_cgroup_is_descendant() call.
> >
> > However, it's not completely safe. In theory, memcg can go away
> > between reading stock->cached pointer and calling css_tryget().
> I have to remember how is this whole thing supposed to work, it's been
> some time since I've looked into that.

OK, I guess I remember now and I do not see how the race is possible.
Stock cache is keeping its memcg alive because it elevates the reference
counting for each cached charge. And that should keep the whole chain up
to the root (of draining) alive, no? Or do I miss something, could you
generate a sequence of events that would lead to use-after-free?
Michal Hocko

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