bootmem: Double freeing a PFN on nodes spanning other nodes

From: Johannes Weiner
Date: Fri May 16 2008 - 18:31:22 EST


When memory nodes overlap each other, the bootmem allocator is not aware
of this and might pass the same page twice to __free_pages_bootmem().

As I traced the code, this should result in bad_page() calls on every
boot but noone has yet reported something like this and I am wondering

__free_pages_bootmem() boils down to either free_hot_cold_page() or
__free_one_page(). Either path should lead to setting the page private
or buddy:

free_hot_cold_page() sets ->private to the page block's migratetype (and
sets PG_private).

__free_one_page sets ->private to the page's order (and sets PG_private
and PG_buddy).

If a page is passed in twice, free_pages_check() should now warn (via
bad_page()) on the flags set above.

Am I missing something? Thanks in advance.

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