Re: [PATCH] ipc: don't allocate with GFP_KERNEL inside rcu readlock

From: Andrew Morton
Date: Tue Jun 11 2013 - 18:00:47 EST

On Mon, 10 Jun 2013 10:23:49 -0700 Davidlohr Bueso <davidlohr.bueso@xxxxxx> wrote:

> On Mon, 2013-06-10 at 12:14 -0400, Sasha Levin wrote:
> > ipc_addid() is protected by a rcu read lock, which means we can't allocate
> > using GFP_KERNEL inside it.
> >
> > Signed-off-by: Sasha Levin <sasha.levin@xxxxxxxxxx>
> > ---
> >
> > Another option would be to call idr_preload from outside the read lock,
> > but that complicates the code much more than this fix. If that's the
> > preferred method to fix it I can resend that solution instead.
> >
> This issue was reported last week by Fengguang
> (
> Your fix looks the simplest approach, but I'm not sure if doing the
> atomic allocation would trigger some other problem, as a side effect.
> Andrew?

It will fix the issue. But GFP_ATOMIC is much less reliable than
GFP_KERNEL and such a switch should be viewed as a lame act of last

> A third option would be to simply revert the offending commit, leaving
> the rcu locking as it originally was.

That patch has other issues, as I described yesterday. But there are
ten follow-on patches to that one and I assume that dropping
ipc-move-rcu-lock-out-of-ipc_addid.patch will create a mess. It will
also create a combination which hasn't been tested by anyone.

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