Re: [PATCH] lib/scatterlist.c: don't flush_kernel_dcache_page onslab page

From: Catalin Marinas
Date: Tue Oct 29 2013 - 06:54:49 EST

On Mon, Oct 28, 2013 at 04:20:05PM +0000, Ming Lei wrote:
> Commit b1adaf65ba03([SCSI] block: add sg buffer copy helper functions)
> introduces two sg buffer copy helpers, and calls flush_kernel_dcache_page()
> on pages in SG list after these pages are written to.
> Unfortunately, the commit may introduce a potential bug:
> - Before sending some SCSI commands, kmalloc() buffer may be
> passed to block layper, so flush_kernel_dcache_page() can
> see a slab page finally
> - According to cachetlb.txt, flush_kernel_dcache_page() is
> only called on "a user page", which surely can't be a slab page.
> - ARCH's implementation of flush_kernel_dcache_page() may
> use page mapping information to do optimization so page_mapping()
> will see the slab page, then VM_BUG_ON() is triggered.
> Aaro Koskinen reported the bug on ARM/kirkwood when DEBUG_VM is enabled,
> and this patch fixes the bug by adding test of '!PageSlab(miter->page)'
> before calling flush_kernel_dcache_page().
> Reported-by: Aaro Koskinen <aaro.koskinen@xxxxxx>
> Cc: Russell King - ARM Linux <linux@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx>
> Cc: linux-arm-kernel@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx
> Cc: Simon Baatz <gmbnomis@xxxxxxxxx>
> Cc: Will Deacon <will.deacon@xxxxxxx>
> Cc: Aaro Koskinen <aaro.koskinen@xxxxxx>
> Cc: Catalin Marinas <catalin.marinas@xxxxxxx>
> Cc: Andrew Morton <akpm@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx>
> Cc: FUJITA Tomonori <fujita.tomonori@xxxxxxxxxxxxx>
> Cc: Tejun Heo <tj@xxxxxxxxxx>
> Cc: "James E.J. Bottomley" <JBottomley@xxxxxxxxxxxxx>
> Cc: Jens Axboe <axboe@xxxxxxxxx>
> Signed-off-by: Ming Lei <ming.lei@xxxxxxxxxxxxx>

Acked-by: Catalin Marinas <catalin.marinas@xxxxxxx>
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