Re: mm: BUG: Bad rss-counter state

From: David Rientjes
Date: Wed Jan 22 2014 - 20:39:34 EST

On Wed, 22 Jan 2014, Sasha Levin wrote:

> Hi all,
> While fuzzing with trinity running inside a KVM tools guest using latest -next
> kernel,
> I've stumbled on a "mm: BUG: Bad rss-counter state" error which was pretty
> non-obvious
> in the mix of the kernel spew (why?).

It's not a fatal condition and there's only a few possible stack traces
that could be emitted during the exit() path. I don't see how we could
make it more visible other than its log-level which is already KERN_ALERT.

> I've added a small BUG() after the printk() in check_mm(), and here's the full
> output:

Worst place to add it :) At line 562 of kernel/fork.c in linux-next
you're going to hit BUG() when there may be other counters that are also
bad and they don't get printed.

> [ 318.334905] BUG: Bad rss-counter state mm:ffff8801e6dec000 idx:0 val:1

So our mm has a non-zero MM_FILEPAGES count, but there's nothing that was
cited that would tell us what that is so there's not much to go on, unless
someone already recognizes this as another issue. Is this reproducible on
3.13 or only on linux-next?
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