Re: [RFC/PATCH] mm/futex: Fix futex writes on archs with SWtracking of dirty & young

From: Andrew Morton
Date: Thu Jul 21 2011 - 18:36:41 EST

On Tue, 19 Jul 2011 14:29:22 +1000
Benjamin Herrenschmidt <benh@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx> wrote:

> The futex code currently attempts to write to user memory within
> a pagefault disabled section, and if that fails, tries to fix it
> up using get_user_pages().
> This doesn't work on archs where the dirty and young bits are
> maintained by software, since they will gate access permission
> in the TLB, and will not be updated by gup().
> In addition, there's an expectation on some archs that a
> spurious write fault triggers a local TLB flush, and that is
> missing from the picture as well.
> I decided that adding those "features" to gup() would be too much
> for this already too complex function, and instead added a new
> simpler fixup_user_fault() which is essentially a wrapper around
> handle_mm_fault() which the futex code can call.
> Signed-off-by: Benjamin Herrenschmidt <benh@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx>
> ---
> Shan, can you test this ? It might not fix the problem

um, what problem. There's no description here of the user-visible
effects of the bug hence it's hard to work out what kernel version(s)
should receive this patch.

What kernel version(s) should receive this patch?

> since I'm
> starting to have the nasty feeling that you are hitting what is
> somewhat a subtly different issue or my previous patch should
> have worked (but then I might have done a stupid mistake as well)
> but let us know anyway.

I assume that Shan reported the secret problem so I added the
reported-by to the changelog.

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