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Date:   Thu, 9 Nov 2017 08:57:09 +0100
From:   Michal Hocko <mhocko@...nel.org>
To:     akpm@...ux-foundation.org
Cc:     Jaewon Kim <jaewon31.kim@...sung.com>,
        Joonsoo Kim <iamjoonsoo.kim@....com>, vbabka@...e.cz,
        minchan@...nel.org, linux-mm@...ck.org,
        linux-kernel@...r.kernel.org, jaewon31.kim@...il.com
Subject: Re: [PATCH] mm: page_ext: check if page_ext is not prepared

Andrew,

On Thu 09-11-17 13:35:53, Joonsoo Kim wrote:
> On Wed, Nov 08, 2017 at 03:21:06PM +0100, Michal Hocko wrote:
> > On Wed 08-11-17 16:59:56, Joonsoo Kim wrote:
> > > On Tue, Nov 07, 2017 at 10:47:30AM +0100, Michal Hocko wrote:
[...]
> > > > I suspec this goes all the way down to when page_ext has been
> > > > resurrected.  It is quite interesting that nobody has noticed this in 3
> > > > years but maybe the feature is not used all that much and the HW has to
> > > > be quite special to trigger. Anyway the following should be added
> > > > 
> > > >  Fixes: eefa864b701d ("mm/page_ext: resurrect struct page extending code for debugging")
> > > >  Cc: stable
> > > 
> > > IIRC, caller of lookup_page_ext() doesn't check 'NULL' until
> > > f86e427197 ("mm: check the return value of lookup_page_ext for all
> > > call sites"). So, this problem would happen old kernel even if this
> > > patch is applied to old kernel.
> > 
> > OK, then the changelog should mention dependency on that check so that
> > anybody who backports this patch to pre 4.7 kernels knows to pull that
> > one as well.
> > 
> > > IMO, proper fix is to check all the pfn in the section. It is sent
> > > from Jaewon in other mail.
> > 
> > I believe that this patch is valuable on its own and the other one
> > should build on top of it.
> 
> Okay, agreed.

could you add a note that stable backporters need to consider
f86e427197. Something like

 Cc: stable # depends on f86e427197

Thanks
-- 
Michal Hocko
SUSE Labs

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