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authorNicholas Piggin <npiggin@gmail.com>2020-12-29 15:14:43 -0800
committerLinus Torvalds <torvalds@linux-foundation.org>2020-12-29 15:36:49 -0800
commit111fe7186b29d172729db5e294875b9fc7a0ec1d (patch)
parente05986ee7a5814bec0e0075d813daca3d46e4a9e (diff)
mm: generalise COW SMC TLB flushing race comment
I'm not sure if I'm completely missing something here, but AFAIKS the reference to the mysterious "COW SMC race" confuses the issue. The original changelog and mailing list thread didn't help me either. This SMC race is where the problem was detected, but isn't the general problem bigger and more obvious: that the new PTE could be picked up at any time by any TLB while entries for the old PTE exist in other TLBs before the TLB flush takes effect? The case where the iTLB and dTLB of a CPU are pointing at different pages is an interesting one but follows from the general problem. The other (minor) thing with the comment I think it makes it a bit clearer to say what the old code was doing (i.e., it avoids the race as opposed to what?). References: 4ce072f1faf29 ("mm: fix a race condition under SMC + COW") Link: https://lkml.kernel.org/r/20201215121119.351650-1-npiggin@gmail.com Reviewed-by: Matthew Wilcox (Oracle) <willy@infradead.org> Cc: Suresh Siddha <suresh.b.siddha@intel.com> Cc: "David S. Miller" <davem@davemloft.net> Cc: Hugh Dickins <hughd@google.com> Cc: Peter Zijlstra <peterz@infradead.org> Cc: Suresh Siddha <sbsiddha@gmail.com> Signed-off-by: Andrew Morton <akpm@linux-foundation.org> Signed-off-by: Linus Torvalds <torvalds@linux-foundation.org>
1 files changed, 5 insertions, 3 deletions
diff --git a/mm/memory.c b/mm/memory.c
index 7d608765932b..feff48e1465a 100644
--- a/mm/memory.c
+++ b/mm/memory.c
@@ -2892,11 +2892,13 @@ static vm_fault_t wp_page_copy(struct vm_fault *vmf)
entry = mk_pte(new_page, vma->vm_page_prot);
entry = pte_sw_mkyoung(entry);
entry = maybe_mkwrite(pte_mkdirty(entry), vma);
* Clear the pte entry and flush it first, before updating the
- * pte with the new entry. This will avoid a race condition
- * seen in the presence of one thread doing SMC and another
- * thread doing COW.
+ * pte with the new entry, to keep TLBs on different CPUs in
+ * sync. This code used to set the new PTE then flush TLBs, but
+ * that left a window where the new PTE could be loaded into
+ * some TLBs while the old PTE remains in others.
ptep_clear_flush_notify(vma, vmf->address, vmf->pte);
page_add_new_anon_rmap(new_page, vma, vmf->address, false);