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Date:	Mon, 1 Dec 2014 16:24:48 +1100
From:	Paul Mackerras <>
To:	Michael Ellerman <>
Cc:, Andrew Morton <>,, Pekka Enberg <>,, David Rientjes <>,
	Christoph Lameter <>,
	Joonsoo Kim <>
Subject: Re: [PATCH v2] slab: Fix nodeid bounds check for non-contiguous node

On Mon, Dec 01, 2014 at 04:02:14PM +1100, Michael Ellerman wrote:
> On Mon, 2014-12-01 at 15:28 +1100, Paul Mackerras wrote:
> > The bounds check for nodeid in ____cache_alloc_node gives false
> > positives on machines where the node IDs are not contiguous, leading
> > to a panic at boot time.  For example, on a POWER8 machine the node
> > IDs are typically 0, 1, 16 and 17.  This means that num_online_nodes()
> > returns 4, so when ____cache_alloc_node is called with nodeid = 16 the
> > VM_BUG_ON triggers, like this:
> ...
> > 
> > To fix this, we instead compare the nodeid with MAX_NUMNODES, and
> > additionally make sure it isn't negative (since nodeid is an int).
> > The check is there mainly to protect the array dereference in the
> > get_node() call in the next line, and the array being dereferenced is
> > of size MAX_NUMNODES.  If the nodeid is in range but invalid (for
> > example if the node is off-line), the BUG_ON in the next line will
> > catch that.
> When did this break? How come we only just noticed?

Commit 14e50c6a9bc2, which went into 3.10-rc1.

You'll only notice if you have CONFIG_SLAB=y and CONFIG_DEBUG_VM=y
and you're running on a machine with discontiguous node IDs.

> Also needs:
> Cc:

It does.  I remembered that a minute after I sent the patch.

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