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Date:	Mon, 11 Jun 2012 09:17:51 +0900
From:	Minchan Kim <>
To:	Andrew Morton <>
	Minchan Kim <>,
	Andrea Arcangeli <>,
	Mel Gorman <>, Michal Hocko <>,
	KAMEZAWA Hiroyuki <>
Subject: [PATCH] mm: do not use page_count without a page pin

d179e84ba fixed the problem[1] in vmscan.c but same problem is here.
Let's fix it.


I copy and paste d179e84ba's contents for description.

"It is unsafe to run page_count during the physical pfn scan because
compound_head could trip on a dangling pointer when reading
page->first_page if the compound page is being freed by another CPU."

Cc: Andrea Arcangeli <>
Cc: Mel Gorman <>
Cc: Michal Hocko <>
Cc: KAMEZAWA Hiroyuki <>
Signed-off-by: Minchan Kim <>
 mm/page_alloc.c |    6 +++++-
 1 file changed, 5 insertions(+), 1 deletion(-)

diff --git a/mm/page_alloc.c b/mm/page_alloc.c
index 266f267..019c4fe 100644
--- a/mm/page_alloc.c
+++ b/mm/page_alloc.c
@@ -5496,7 +5496,11 @@ __count_immobile_pages(struct zone *zone, struct page *page, int count)
 		page = pfn_to_page(check);
-		if (!page_count(page)) {
+		/*
+		 * We can't use page_count withou pin a page
+		 * because another CPU can free compound page.
+		 */
+		if (!atomic_read(&page->_count)) {
 			if (PageBuddy(page))
 				iter += (1 << page_order(page)) - 1;

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