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Date:   Tue, 4 Apr 2017 22:13:34 +0200
From:   Michal Hocko <>
To:     Christoph Lameter <>
Cc:     Kees Cook <>,
        Andrew Morton <>,
        Pekka Enberg <>,
        David Rientjes <>,
        Joonsoo Kim <>,,
Subject: Re: [PATCH] mm: Add additional consistency check

On Tue 04-04-17 14:58:06, Cristopher Lameter wrote:
> On Tue, 4 Apr 2017, Michal Hocko wrote:
> > On Tue 04-04-17 14:13:06, Cristopher Lameter wrote:
> > > On Tue, 4 Apr 2017, Michal Hocko wrote:
> > >
> > > > Yes, but we do not have to blow the kernel, right? Why cannot we simply
> > > > leak that memory?
> > >
> > > Because it is a serious bug to attempt to free a non slab object using
> > > slab operations. This is often the result of memory corruption, coding
> > > errs etc. The system needs to stop right there.
> >
> > Why when an alternative is a memory leak?
> Because the slab allocators fail also in case you free an object multiple
> times etc etc. Continuation is supported by enabling a special resiliency
> feature via the kernel command line. The alternative is selectable but not
> the default.
I disagree! We should try to continue as long as we _know_ that the
internal state of the allocator is still consistent and a further
operation will not spread the corruption even more. This is clearly not
the case for an invalid pointer to kfree.

I can see why checking for an early allocator corruption is not always
feasible and you can only detect after-the-fact but this is not the case
here and putting your system down just because some buggy code is trying
to free something it hasn't allocated is not really useful. I completely
agree with Linus that we overuse BUG way too much and this is just
another example of it.

Michal Hocko

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