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Date:	Sun, 16 Dec 2012 09:41:46 +0100
From:	Ingo Molnar <>
To:	Andy Lutomirski <>
Cc:	Al Viro <>,,,
	Andrew Morton <>,
	Michel Lespinasse <>,
	Hugh Dickins <>, J??rn Engel <>
Subject: Re: [PATCH] mm: Downgrade mmap_sem before locking or populating on

* Andy Lutomirski <> wrote:

> On Fri, Dec 14, 2012 at 6:49 AM, Al Viro <> wrote:
> > On Fri, Dec 14, 2012 at 03:14:50AM -0800, Andy Lutomirski wrote:
> >
> >> > Wait a minute.  get_user_pages() relies on ->mmap_sem being held.  Unless
> >> > I'm seriously misreading your patch it removes that protection.  And yes,
> >> > I'm aware of execve-related exception; it's in special circumstances -
> >> > bprm->mm is guaranteed to be not shared (and we need to rearchitect that
> >> > area anyway, but that's a separate story).
> >>
> >> Unless I completely screwed up the patch, ->mmap_sem is still held for
> >> read (it's downgraded from write).  It's just not held for write
> >> anymore.
> >
> > Huh?  I'm talking about the call of get_user_pages() in aio_setup_ring().
> > With your patch it's done completely outside of ->mmap_sem, isn't it?
> Oh, /that/ call to get_user_pages.  That would qualify as screwing up...
> Since dropping and reacquiring mmap_sem there is probably a 
> bad idea there, I'll rework this and post a v2.

It probably does not matter much, as aio_setup() is an utter 
slowpath, but I suspect you could still use the downgrading 
variant of do_mmap_pgoff_unlock() here too:

	int downgraded = 0;


         * XXX: If MCL_FUTURE is set, this will hold mmap_sem for write for
         *      longer than necessary.
        info->mmap_base = do_mmap_pgoff_helper(NULL, 0, info->mmap_size,
                                        MAP_ANONYMOUS|MAP_PRIVATE, 0, &downgraded);
        if (IS_ERR((void *)info->mmap_base)) {
		up_read_write(&ctx->mm->mmap_sem, downgraded);
                info->mmap_size = 0;
                return -EAGAIN;

        dprintk("mmap address: 0x%08lx\n", info->mmap_base);
        info->nr_pages = get_user_pages(current, ctx->mm,
                                        info->mmap_base, nr_pages,
                                        1, 0, info->ring_pages, NULL);
	up_read_write(&ctx->mm->mmap_sem, downgraded);

Where up_read_write(lock, read) is a new primitive/wrapper that 
does the up_read()/up_write() depending on the value of 


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