Re: [PATCH v3] mm/pagewalk.c: walk_page_range should avoidVM_PFNMAP areas

From: Andrew Morton
Date: Thu May 23 2013 - 19:40:27 EST

On Wed, 15 May 2013 07:46:36 -0500 Cliff Wickman <cpw@xxxxxxx> wrote:

> Certain tests in walk_page_range() (specifically split_huge_page_pmd())
> assume that all the mapped PFN's are backed with page structures. And this is
> not usually true for VM_PFNMAP areas. This can result in panics on kernel
> page faults when attempting to address those page structures.
> There are a half dozen callers of walk_page_range() that walk through
> a task's entire page table (as N. Horiguchi pointed out). So rather than
> change all of them, this patch changes just walk_page_range() to ignore
> VM_PFNMAP areas.
> The logic of hugetlb_vma() is moved back into walk_page_range(), as we
> want to test any vma in the range.
> VM_PFNMAP areas are used by:
> - graphics memory manager gpu/drm/drm_gem.c
> - global reference unit sgi-gru/grufile.c
> - sgi special memory char/mspec.c
> - and probably several out-of-tree modules

What are your thoughts on the urgency/scheduling of this fix?

(Just to be irritating: "When writing a changelog, please describe the
end-user-visible effects of the bug, so that others can more easily
decide which kernel version(s) should be fixed, and so that downstream
kernel maintainers can more easily work out whether this patch will fix
a problem which they or their customers are observing.")
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