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Date:	Sun, 9 Mar 2014 13:57:10 +0100
From:	Oleg Nesterov <>
To:	Linus Torvalds <>
Cc:	Davidlohr Bueso <>,
	Andrew Morton <>,
	Ingo Molnar <>,
	Peter Zijlstra <>,
	Michel Lespinasse <>,
	Mel Gorman <>, Rik van Riel <>,
	KOSAKI Motohiro <>,
	Davidlohr Bueso <>,
	Linux Kernel Mailing List <>
Subject: Re: [PATCH v4] mm: per-thread vma caching

On 03/08, Linus Torvalds wrote:
> On Sat, Mar 8, 2014 at 11:44 AM, Oleg Nesterov <> wrote:
> >
> > Sure. But another thread or CLONE_VM task can do vmacache_invalidate(),
> > hit vmacache_seqnum == 0 and call vmacache_flush_all() to solve the
> > problem with potential overflow.
> How?
> Any invalidation is supposed to hold the mm semaphore for writing.


> And
> we should have it for reading.

No, dup_task_struct() is obviously lockless. And the new child is not yet
visible to for_each_process_thread().

clone(CLONE_VM) can create a thread with the corrupted vmacache.

OK. Suppose we have a task T1 which has the valid vmacache,
T1->vmacache_seqnum == T1->mm->vmacache_seqnum == 0. Suppose it sleeps a lot.

Suppose that its subthread T2 does a lot munmap's, finally mm->vmacache_seqnum
becomes zero again and T2 calls vmacache_flush_all().

T1 wakes up and does clone(CLONE_VM). The new thread T3 gets the copy
of T2's ->vmacache_seqnum and ->vmacache[].

T2 continues, vmacache_flush_all() finds T1 and does vmacache_flush(T1).

But the new thread T3 is not on the list yet, vmacache_flush_all() can't
find it.

So T3 will run with vmacache_valid() == T (till the next invalidate(mm)
of course) but its ->vmacache[] points to nowhere.


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