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SubjectRe: [PATCH v3 1/3] mm/swapfile: unuse_pte can map random data if swap read fails
On 2022/5/10 14:17, HORIGUCHI NAOYA(堀口 直也) wrote:
> On Sun, Apr 24, 2022 at 05:11:03PM +0800, Miaohe Lin wrote:
>> There is a bug in unuse_pte(): when swap page happens to be unreadable,
>> page filled with random data is mapped into user address space. In case
>> of error, a special swap entry indicating swap read fails is set to the
>> page table. So the swapcache page can be freed and the user won't end up
>> with a permanently mounted swap because a sector is bad. And if the page
>> is accessed later, the user process will be killed so that corrupted data
>> is never consumed. On the other hand, if the page is never accessed, the
>> user won't even notice it.
>> Signed-off-by: Miaohe Lin <>
>> Acked-by: David Hildenbrand <>
> When I reproduced the issue (generated read error with dm-dust), I saw
> infinite loop in the while loop in shmem_unuse_inode() (and this happens
> even with this patch). I confirmed that shmem_swapin_page() returns -EIO,
> but shmem_unuse_swap_entries() does not return the error to the callers,
> so the while loop in shmem_unuse_inode() seems not break.

Many thanks for your report! I didn't test the shmem case because I saw -EIO
is returned. So I just focus on the normal page case. Sorry about it. :(

> So maybe you need more code around shmem_unuse_inode() to handle the error?

I will try to reproduce it and come up a fixup patch asap! And if you like, you
can kindly solve this issue too. ;)

Thanks a lot!

> Thanks,
> Naoya Horiguchi

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