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SubjectRe: [PATCH] mm, dump_page(): do not crash with invalid mapping pointer
On Thu, Apr 02, 2020 at 10:30:35AM +0200, Vlastimil Babka wrote:
> On 4/1/20 4:05 PM, Kirill A. Shutemov wrote:
> > On Tue, Mar 31, 2020 at 06:54:54PM +0200, Vlastimil Babka wrote:
> >> We have seen a following problem on a RPi4 with 1G RAM:
> >>
> >> Besides the underlying issue with page->mapping containing a bogus value for
> >> some reason, we can see that __dump_page() crashed by trying to read the
> >> pointer at mapping->host, turning a recoverable warning into full Oops.
> >>
> >> It can be expected that when page is reported as bad state for some reason, the
> >> pointers there should not be trusted blindly. So this patch treats all data in
> >> __dump_page() that depends on page->mapping as lava, using
> >> probe_kernel_read_strict(). Ideally this would include the dentry->d_parent
> >> recursively, but that would mean changing printk handler for %pd. Chances of
> >> reaching the dentry printing part with an initially bogus mapping pointer
> >> should be rather low, though.
> >>
> >> Also prefix printing mapping->a_ops with a description of what is being
> >> printed. In case the value is bogus, %ps will print raw value instead of
> >> the symbol name and then it's not obvious at all that it's printing a_ops.
> >>
> >> Reported-by: Petr Tesarik <ptesarik@suse.cz>
> >> Signed-off-by: Vlastimil Babka <vbabka@suse.cz>
> >> ---
> >> mm/debug.c | 56 ++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++------
> >> 1 file changed, 50 insertions(+), 6 deletions(-)
> >
> > I'm not sure it worth the effort. It looks way too complex for what it
> > does.
>
> Well the human effort is done, and CPU cycles are cheap :P Complex is better
> than to crash, IMHO.
>
> > I also expect it to slowdown dump_page(), which is hotpath for some debug
> > scenarios :P
>
> It's still a debug code, better safe than fast :P

Crash fast, crash often :P

> > Maybe just move printing this info to the end, so we would see the rest
> > even if ->mapping is bogus?
>
> Well the thing is designed to be recoverable. Just today "mm: improve
> dump_page() for compound pages" was merged that AFAICS prevents similar crashes
> when the compound_head() is bogus.

Okay, fair enough.

Acked-by: Kirill A. Shutemov <kirill.shutemov@linux.intel.com>

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Kirill A. Shutemov

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