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Date:   Mon, 27 Nov 2017 12:21:21 -0800
From:   Andi Kleen <>
To:     Michal Hocko <>
Cc:     Mikael Pettersson <>,,,,
Subject: Re: [PATCH] mm: disable `vm.max_map_count' sysctl limit

On Mon, Nov 27, 2017 at 08:57:32PM +0100, Michal Hocko wrote:
> On Mon 27-11-17 19:32:18, Michal Hocko wrote:
> > On Mon 27-11-17 09:25:16, Andi Kleen wrote:
> [...]
> > > The reason the limit was there originally because it allows a DoS
> > > attack against the kernel by filling all unswappable memory up with VMAs.
> > 
> > We can reduce the effect by accounting vmas to memory cgroups.
> As it turned out we already do.
> 	vm_area_cachep = KMEM_CACHE(vm_area_struct, SLAB_PANIC|SLAB_ACCOUNT);

That only helps if you have memory cgroups enabled. It would be a regression
to break the accounting on all the systems that don't.


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