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SubjectRe: [PATCH] mm/util.c: Make kvfree() safe for calling while holding spinlocks
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Hi Andrew,

On 1/27/22 03:53, Andrew Morton wrote:
> On Wed, 22 Dec 2021 20:48:28 +0100 Manfred Spraul <manfred@colorfullife.com> wrote:
>
>> One codepath in find_alloc_undo() calls kvfree() while holding a spinlock.
>> Since vfree() can sleep this is a bug.
>>
>> Previously, the code path used kfree(), and kfree() is safe to be called
>> while holding a spinlock.
>>
>> Minghao proposed to fix this by updating find_alloc_undo().
>>
>> Alternate proposal to fix this: Instead of changing find_alloc_undo(),
>> change kvfree() so that the same rules as for kfree() apply:
>> Having different rules for kfree() and kvfree() just asks for bugs.
>>
>> Disadvantage: Releasing vmalloc'ed memory will be delayed a bit.
> I know we've been around this loop a bunch of times and deferring was
> considered. But I forget the conclusion. IIRC, mhocko was involved?

I do not remember a mail from mhocko.

Shakeel proposed to use the approach from Chi.

Decision: https://marc.info/?l=linux-kernel&m=164132032717757&w=2

With Reviewed-by:

https://marc.info/?l=linux-kernel&m=164132744522325&w=2
>> --- a/mm/util.c
>> +++ b/mm/util.c
>> @@ -610,12 +610,12 @@ 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 interrupt.
>> */
>> void kvfree(const void *addr)
>> {
>> if (is_vmalloc_addr(addr))
>> - vfree(addr);
>> + vfree_atomic(addr);
>> else
>> kfree(addr);
>> }


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