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Date:   Wed, 27 May 2020 17:01:23 -0700
From:   Mike Kravetz <>
To:     Miklos Szeredi <>
Cc:     Colin Walters <>,
        syzbot <>,
        Andrew Morton <>,,,
        linux-mm <>,
        Miklos Szeredi <>,
        syzkaller-bugs <>,
        Al Viro <>,
Subject: Re: kernel BUG at mm/hugetlb.c:LINE!

On 5/22/20 3:05 AM, Miklos Szeredi wrote:
> On Wed, May 20, 2020 at 10:27:15AM -0700, Mike Kravetz wrote:
>> I am fairly confident it is all about checking limits and alignment.  The
>> filesystem knows if it can/should align to base or huge page size. DAX has
>> some interesting additional restrictions, and several 'traditional' filesystems
>> check if they are 'on DAX'.
> Okay, I haven't looked at DAX vs. overlay.  I'm sure it's going to come up at
> some point, if it hasn't already.
>> In a previous e-mail, you suggested hugetlb_get_unmapped_area could do the
>> length adjustment in hugetlb_get_unmapped_area (generic and arch specific).
>> I agree, although there may be the need to add length overflow checks in
>> these routines (after round up) as this is done in core code now.  However,
>> this can be done as a separate cleanup patch.
>> In any case, we need to get the core mmap code to call filesystem specific
>> get_unmapped_area if on a union/overlay.  The patch I suggested does this
>> by simply calling real_file to determine if there is a filesystem specific
>> get_unmapped_area.  The other approach would be to provide an overlayfs
>> get_unmapped_area that calls the underlying filesystem get_unmapped_area.
> That latter is what's done for all other stacked operations in overlayfs.
> Untested patch below.

Thanks Miklos!

We still need the 'real_file()' routine for is_file_hugepages.  So combining
these, I propose the following patch.  It addresses the known issue as well
as potential issues with is_file_hugepages returning incorrect information.
I don't really like a separate header file for real_file, but I can not
think of any good place to put it.

Let me know what you think,

>From 33f6bbd19406108b61a4113b1ec8e4e6888cd482 Mon Sep 17 00:00:00 2001
From: Mike Kravetz <>
Date: Wed, 27 May 2020 16:58:58 -0700
Subject: [PATCH v2] ovl: provide real_file() and overlayfs get_unmapped_area()

If a file is on a union/overlay, then the 'struct file *' will have
overlayfs file operations.  The routine is_file_hugepages() compares
f->f_op to hugetlbfs_file_operations to determine if it is a hugetlbfs
file.  If a hugetlbfs file is on a union/overlay, this comparison is
false and is_file_hugepages() incorrectly indicates the underlying
file is not hugetlbfs.  One result of this is a BUG as shown in [1].

mmap uses is_file_hugepages() because hugetlbfs files have different
alignment restrictions.  In addition, mmap code would like to use the
filesystem specific get_unmapped_area() routine if one is defined.

To address this issue,
- Add a new routine real_file() which will return the underlying file.
- Update is_file_hugepages to get the real file.
- Add get_unmapped_area f_op to oerrlayfs to call underlying routine.


Signed-off-by: Miklos Szeredi <>
Signed-off-by: Mike Kravetz <>
 fs/overlayfs/file.c       | 13 +++++++++++++
 include/linux/hugetlb.h   |  3 +++
 include/linux/overlayfs.h | 27 +++++++++++++++++++++++++++
 3 files changed, 43 insertions(+)
 create mode 100644 include/linux/overlayfs.h

diff --git a/fs/overlayfs/file.c b/fs/overlayfs/file.c
index 87c362f65448..cc020e1c72d5 100644
--- a/fs/overlayfs/file.c
+++ b/fs/overlayfs/file.c
@@ -12,6 +12,7 @@
 #include <linux/splice.h>
 #include <linux/mm.h>
 #include <linux/fs.h>
+#include <linux/overlayfs.h>
 #include "overlayfs.h"
 struct ovl_aio_req {
@@ -757,6 +758,17 @@ static loff_t ovl_remap_file_range(struct file *file_in, loff_t pos_in,
 			    remap_flags, op);
+static unsigned long ovl_get_unmapped_area(struct file *file,
+				unsigned long uaddr, unsigned long len,
+				unsigned long pgoff, unsigned long flags)
+	struct file *realfile = real_file(file);
+	return (realfile->f_op->get_unmapped_area ?:
+		current->mm->get_unmapped_area)(realfile,
+						uaddr, len, pgoff, flags);
 const struct file_operations ovl_file_operations = {
 	.open		= ovl_open,
 	.release	= ovl_release,
@@ -774,6 +786,7 @@ const struct file_operations ovl_file_operations = {
 	.copy_file_range	= ovl_copy_file_range,
 	.remap_file_range	= ovl_remap_file_range,
+	.get_unmapped_area	= ovl_get_unmapped_area,
 int __init ovl_aio_request_cache_init(void)
diff --git a/include/linux/hugetlb.h b/include/linux/hugetlb.h
index 43a1cef8f0f1..fb22c0a7474a 100644
--- a/include/linux/hugetlb.h
+++ b/include/linux/hugetlb.h
@@ -9,6 +9,7 @@
 #include <linux/cgroup.h>
 #include <linux/list.h>
 #include <linux/kref.h>
+#include <linux/overlayfs.h>
 #include <asm/pgtable.h>
 struct ctl_table;
@@ -437,6 +438,8 @@ struct file *hugetlb_file_setup(const char *name, size_t size, vm_flags_t acct,
 static inline bool is_file_hugepages(struct file *file)
+	file = real_file(file);
 	if (file->f_op == &hugetlbfs_file_operations)
 		return true;
diff --git a/include/linux/overlayfs.h b/include/linux/overlayfs.h
new file mode 100644
index 000000000000..eecdfda0286f
--- /dev/null
+++ b/include/linux/overlayfs.h
@@ -0,0 +1,27 @@
+/* SPDX-License-Identifier: GPL-2.0 */
+#include <linux/fs.h>
+extern const struct file_operations ovl_file_operations;
+ * If file is on a union/overlay, then return the underlying real file.
+ * Otherwise return the file itself.
+ */
+static inline struct file *real_file(struct file *file)
+	while (unlikely(file->f_op == &ovl_file_operations))
+		file = file->private_data;
+	return file;
+static inline struct file *real_file(struct file *file)
+	return file;
+#endif /* _LINUX_OVERLAYFS_H */

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