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Date:   Tue,  7 May 2019 20:38:38 -0400
From:   Qian Cai <>
        Qian Cai <>
Subject: [PATCH] slab: skip kmemleak_object in leaks_show()

Running tests on a debug kernel will usually generate a large number of
kmemleak objects.

  # grep kmemleak /proc/slabinfo
  kmemleak_object   2243606 3436210 ...

As the result, reading /proc/slab_allocators could easily loop forever
while processing the kmemleak_object cache and any additional freeing or
allocating objects will trigger a reprocessing. To make a situation
worse, soft-lockups could easily happen in this sitatuion which will
call printk() to allocate more kmemleak objects to guarantee a livelock.

Since kmemleak_object has a single call site (create_object()), there
isn't much new information compared with slabinfo. Just skip it.

Signed-off-by: Qian Cai <>
 mm/slab.c | 9 +++++++++
 1 file changed, 9 insertions(+)

diff --git a/mm/slab.c b/mm/slab.c
index 20f318f4f56e..85d1d223f879 100644
--- a/mm/slab.c
+++ b/mm/slab.c
@@ -4285,6 +4285,15 @@ static int leaks_show(struct seq_file *m, void *p)
 	if (!(cachep->flags & SLAB_RED_ZONE))
 		return 0;
+	/*
+	 * /proc/slabinfo has the same information, so skip kmemleak here due to
+	 * a high volume and its RCU free could make cachep->store_user_clean
+	 * dirty all the time.
+	 */
+	    !strcmp("kmemleak_object", cachep->name))
+		return 0;
 	 * Set store_user_clean and start to grab stored user information
 	 * for all objects on this cache. If some alloc/free requests comes
2.20.1 (Apple Git-117)

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