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Subject[PATCH] hugetlb: do not demote poisoned hugetlb pages
It is possible for poisoned hugetlb pages to reside on the free lists.
The huge page allocation routines which dequeue entries from the free
lists make a point of avoiding poisoned pages. There is no such check
and avoidance in the demote code path.

If a hugetlb page on the is on a free list, poison will only be set in
the head page rather then the page with the actual error. If such a
page is demoted, then the poison flag may follow the wrong page. A page
without error could have poison set, and a page with poison could not
have the flag set.

Check for poison before attempting to demote a hugetlb page. Also,
return -EBUSY to the caller if only poisoned pages are on the free list.

Fixes: 8531fc6f52f5 ("hugetlb: add hugetlb demote page support")
Signed-off-by: Mike Kravetz <>
Cc: <>
mm/hugetlb.c | 17 ++++++++++-------
1 file changed, 10 insertions(+), 7 deletions(-)

diff --git a/mm/hugetlb.c b/mm/hugetlb.c
index b34f50156f7e..f8ca7cca3c1a 100644
--- a/mm/hugetlb.c
+++ b/mm/hugetlb.c
@@ -3475,7 +3475,6 @@ static int demote_pool_huge_page(struct hstate *h, nodemask_t *nodes_allowed)
int nr_nodes, node;
struct page *page;
- int rc = 0;


@@ -3486,15 +3485,19 @@ static int demote_pool_huge_page(struct hstate *h, nodemask_t *nodes_allowed)

for_each_node_mask_to_free(h, nr_nodes, node, nodes_allowed) {
- if (!list_empty(&h->hugepage_freelists[node])) {
- page = list_entry(h->hugepage_freelists[node].next,
- struct page, lru);
- rc = demote_free_huge_page(h, page);
- break;
+ list_for_each_entry(page, &h->hugepage_freelists[node], lru) {
+ if (PageHWPoison(page))
+ continue;
+ return demote_free_huge_page(h, page);

- return rc;
+ /*
+ * Only way to get here is if all pages on free lists are poisoned.
+ * Return -EBUSY so that caller will not retry.
+ */
+ return -EBUSY;

#define HSTATE_ATTR_RO(_name) \
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