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Date:   Wed, 10 Feb 2021 16:03:21 -0800
From:   Mike Kravetz <>
Cc:     shu wang <>,
        Axel Rasmussen <>,
        Peter Xu <>,
        Andrea Arcangeli <>,
        Heiko Carstens <>,
        Alexey Dobriyan <>,
        Matthew Wilcox <>,
        Michel Lespinasse <>,
        Andrew Morton <>,
        Mike Kravetz <>
Subject: [RFC PATCH 4/5] hugetlb: don't permit pmd sharing if soft dirty in use

If page modifications are being monitoried with the soft dirty mechanism,
then this information is contained in page table entries.  Tracking is
enabled on a 'per-process' basis.  hugetlb pmd sharing allows processes
to share page table entries.  This makes pmd sharing incompatible with
soft dirty monitoring.  So, pmd sharing must be disabled if soft dirty
tracking is in use.

The VM_SOFTDIRTY flag is set in all vma's by default.  When soft dirty
monitoring is started, the flag is cleared.  We can therefore allow pmd
sharing in vmas with the VM_SOFTDIRTY flag set.  Check this when deciding
to perform pmd sharing.

A subsequent patch will add code to allow soft dirty monitoring for hugetlb
vmas.  Any existing pmd sharing will be undone at that time.

Signed-off-by: Mike Kravetz <>
 mm/hugetlb.c | 7 +++++++
 1 file changed, 7 insertions(+)

diff --git a/mm/hugetlb.c b/mm/hugetlb.c
index b561b6867ec1..cf4aa63be9b1 100644
--- a/mm/hugetlb.c
+++ b/mm/hugetlb.c
@@ -5285,6 +5285,13 @@ static bool vma_shareable(struct vm_area_struct *vma, unsigned long addr)
 	unsigned long base = addr & PUD_MASK;
 	unsigned long end = base + PUD_SIZE;
+	/*
+	 * Do not allow pmd sharing if soft dirty tracking is in use.
+	 */
+				!(vma->vm_flags & VM_SOFTDIRTY))
+		return false;
 	 * check on proper vm_flags and page table alignment

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