[PATCH] Guard mm->rss with page_table_lock (2.4.1)

From: Rasmus Andersen (rasmus@jaquet.dk)
Date: Fri Feb 02 2001 - 14:07:49 EST


This patch tries to fix the potential rss accounting race where we
change mm->rss without holding page_table_lock.

My reasoning for the correctness of the patch below is as follows.
First I cover the lock pairs added by the patch (top to bottom)
and then the places it does not touch.

Added spinlocks:

memory.c::zap_page_range: The spin_unlock is moved to later in
  the function but not past any exit paths.
memory.c::do_swap_page: Is called exclusively from handle_pte_fault
  which drops page_table_lock before calling do_swap_page.
memory.c:: do_anonymous_page: Is called exclusively from do_no_page
  which again is called exclusively from handle_pte_fault which
  drops the page_table_lock before calling do_no_page.
memory.c:: do_no_page: See above.

mmap.c:: exit_mmap: The unlock is moved to later in the function
  but not across any branches or exit paths.

Places where rss is modified not touched by the patch:

vmscan.c::try_to_swap_out: called from swap_out_pmd <-
   swap_out_pgd <- swap_out_vma <- swap_out_mm which grabs
   the lock.

swapfile.c::unuse_pte: called from unuse_pmd <- unuse_pgd <-
   unuse_vma <- unuse_process which grabs the lock.
          ::do_wp_page: lock already held.

It applies against ac12 and 2.4.1. It has been running on my
workstation for the last four days doing various normal workloads
without problems in addition to the tests from Quintelas memtest
suite. It should be noted that this patch has _not_ been tested on
a SMP machine (since I do not own one). Feedback on that would be

Comments welcomed. And thanks goes to Rik van Riel for pointing
out the obvious and then explaining it when I paid it no heed.

diff -uar linux-2.4.1-clean/mm/memory.c linux/mm/memory.c
--- linux-2.4.1-clean/mm/memory.c Thu Feb 1 20:46:03 2001
+++ linux/mm/memory.c Fri Feb 2 19:38:03 2001
@@ -377,7 +377,6 @@
                 address = (address + PGDIR_SIZE) & PGDIR_MASK;
         } while (address && (address < end));
- spin_unlock(&mm->page_table_lock);
          * Update rss for the mm_struct (not necessarily current->mm)
          * Notice that rss is an unsigned long.
@@ -386,6 +385,7 @@
                 mm->rss -= freed;
                 mm->rss = 0;
+ spin_unlock(&mm->page_table_lock);
@@ -1038,7 +1038,9 @@
                 flush_icache_page(vma, page);
+ spin_lock(&mm->page_table_lock);
+ spin_unlock(&mm->page_table_lock);
         pte = mk_pte(page, vma->vm_page_prot);
@@ -1072,7 +1074,9 @@
                         return -1;
                 clear_user_highpage(page, addr);
                 entry = pte_mkwrite(pte_mkdirty(mk_pte(page, vma->vm_page_prot)));
+ spin_lock(&mm->page_table_lock);
+ spin_unlock(&mm->page_table_lock);
         set_pte(page_table, entry);
@@ -1111,7 +1115,9 @@
                 return 0;
         if (new_page == NOPAGE_OOM)
                 return -1;
+ spin_lock(&mm->page_table_lock);
+ spin_unlock(&mm->page_table_lock);
          * This silly early PAGE_DIRTY setting removes a race
          * due to the bad i386 page protection. But it's valid
diff -uar linux-2.4.1-clean/mm/mmap.c linux/mm/mmap.c
--- linux-2.4.1-clean/mm/mmap.c Thu Feb 1 20:46:03 2001
+++ linux/mm/mmap.c Fri Feb 2 19:38:03 2001
@@ -879,8 +879,8 @@
         mpnt = mm->mmap;
         mm->mmap = mm->mmap_avl = mm->mmap_cache = NULL;
- spin_unlock(&mm->page_table_lock);
         mm->rss = 0;
+ spin_unlock(&mm->page_table_lock);
         mm->total_vm = 0;
         mm->locked_vm = 0;


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