Re: [BUG] SLOB breaks Crypto

From: Paul Mundt
Date: Tue May 18 2010 - 19:12:07 EST

On Tue, May 18, 2010 at 03:40:59PM -0700, David Miller wrote:
> From: Paul Mundt <lethal@xxxxxxxxxxxx>
> Date: Wed, 19 May 2010 07:35:10 +0900
> > On Tue, May 18, 2010 at 02:20:21PM -0700, David Miller wrote:
> >> So one of two things should happen:
> >>
> >> 1) SLOB conforms to SLAB/SLUB in it's test
> >>
> >> 2) SLAB/SLUB conforms to SLOB in it's test
> >>
> >> And yes this is an either-or, you can't say they are both valid.
> >
> > I don't see any reason to punish SLOB for the assumptions that SLAB/SLUB
> > arbitrarily took up, presumably on an architecture that should have
> > specified its own alignment requirements and simply couldn't be bothered.
> > Making SLAB redzoning work with arbitrary alignment is another matter
> > entirely, and something that should probably be revisited.
> >
> > Anything that assumes more than BYTES_PER_WORD is simply broken and
> > should be reverted.
> You can't make the default different in each allocator, PERIOD.
I don't disagree that having different defaults is a bit unorthodox, but
that has not been a problem for any code that didn't attempt to make
its own assumptions about the alignment.

> If you can't know what the default is, how in the world can you know
> if you need to override it? You can't. It's a guess, and you can't
> say otherwise.
If an architecture requires 64-bit alignment for addressing 64-bit values
on 32-bit, then that's a hard architecture requirement irrespective of
whatever the slab allocator defaults to. The whole idea behind
architecture minimum alignment requirements is that they are
minimum requirements.

> All of the CPP tests like the one used by linux/crypto.h are
> ludicrious. It should absolutely be not necessary for any code to
> duplicate this kind of calculation.

> Instead, this sequence should be in linux/slab.h, and be used
> universally by slab, slub, slob and anything that wants to know the
> allocators alignment guarentees.
Having a slab_alignment() routine or something sounds fine, but we
already have headers split out for all of the different allocators, so
there's no specific reason why slob_def.h can't deviate here, too.

Again, it's the crypto code that is broken for making bogus alignment
assumptions in the first place.

> I don't even know of a 32-bit chip outside of x86 that doesn't
> potentially emit alignment requiring 64-bit memory operations for
> 64-bit objects. So what SLOB is doing with a different default is
> even more strange. And I bet you that even without the requirement,
> x86 runs faster with 64-bit alignment of 64-bit objects.

I assumed ppc32 too, but if they're really in a minority then we
could also consider just inverting the logic (both x86 and ppc set
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