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Date:   Fri, 01 May 2020 18:22:10 -0000
From:   "tip-bot2 for Valentin Schneider" <>
Cc:     Valentin Schneider <>,
        "Peter Zijlstra (Intel)" <>,
        x86 <>, LKML <>
Subject: [tip: sched/core] sched/debug: Make sd->flags sysctl read-only

The following commit has been merged into the sched/core branch of tip:

Commit-ID:     9818427c6270a9ce8c52c8621026fe9cebae0f92
Author:        Valentin Schneider <>
AuthorDate:    Wed, 15 Apr 2020 22:05:05 +01:00
Committer:     Peter Zijlstra <>
CommitterDate: Thu, 30 Apr 2020 20:14:39 +02:00

sched/debug: Make sd->flags sysctl read-only

Writing to the sysctl of a sched_domain->flags directly updates the value of
the field, and goes nowhere near update_top_cache_domain(). This means that
the cached domain pointers can end up containing stale data (e.g. the
domain pointed to doesn't have the relevant flag set anymore).

Explicit domain walks that check for flags will be affected by
the write, but this won't be in sync with the cached pointers which will
still point to the domains that were cached at the last sched_domain

In other words, writing to this interface is playing a dangerous game. It
could be made to trigger an update of the cached sched_domain pointers when
written to, but this does not seem to be worth the trouble. Make it

Signed-off-by: Valentin Schneider <>
Signed-off-by: Peter Zijlstra (Intel) <>
 kernel/sched/debug.c | 2 +-
 1 file changed, 1 insertion(+), 1 deletion(-)

diff --git a/kernel/sched/debug.c b/kernel/sched/debug.c
index b3ac1c1..c6cc02a 100644
--- a/kernel/sched/debug.c
+++ b/kernel/sched/debug.c
@@ -258,7 +258,7 @@ sd_alloc_ctl_domain_table(struct sched_domain *sd)
 	set_table_entry(&table[2], "busy_factor",	  &sd->busy_factor,	    sizeof(int),  0644, proc_dointvec_minmax);
 	set_table_entry(&table[3], "imbalance_pct",	  &sd->imbalance_pct,	    sizeof(int),  0644, proc_dointvec_minmax);
 	set_table_entry(&table[4], "cache_nice_tries",	  &sd->cache_nice_tries,    sizeof(int),  0644, proc_dointvec_minmax);
-	set_table_entry(&table[5], "flags",		  &sd->flags,		    sizeof(int),  0644, proc_dointvec_minmax);
+	set_table_entry(&table[5], "flags",		  &sd->flags,		    sizeof(int),  0444, proc_dointvec_minmax);
 	set_table_entry(&table[6], "max_newidle_lb_cost", &sd->max_newidle_lb_cost, sizeof(long), 0644, proc_doulongvec_minmax);
 	set_table_entry(&table[7], "name",		  sd->name,	       CORENAME_MAX_SIZE, 0444, proc_dostring);
 	/* &table[8] is terminator */

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