Re: [bug, netconsole, SLUB] BUG skbuff_head_cache: Poison overwritten

From: Vegard Nossum
Date: Mon Jul 21 2008 - 16:23:47 EST

On Mon, Jul 21, 2008 at 6:19 PM, Christoph Lameter
<cl@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx> wrote:
>> (There was recently an odd case of kzalloc() succeeding even though it
>> was called before the slab caches were initialized -- and it only
>> generated a warning about irqs-on happening too early. I just mean to
>> say that it _can_ happen. On another machine, it crashed
>> spectacularly. I guess you're not enabling the netconsole before slab
>> allocator is up?)
> Kzalloc for objects > 4k will succeed even during early boot since we will
> directly call into the page allocator.

It wasn't just that; it got into __slab_alloc() and out again. See the
backtrace at

It's scary, I know. It's a good thing we have irqtrace :-)


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the programmer was not looking is intellectually dishonest as it
disguises that the error is the programmer's own creation."
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