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Date:   Sat, 22 Aug 2020 12:36:44 -0700
From:   Pascal Bouchareine <kalou@....net>
To:     Andrew Morton <akpm@...ux-foundation.org>
Cc:     linux-kernel@...r.kernel.org, linux-api@...r.kernel.org,
        netdev@...r.kernel.org, "David S. Miller" <davem@...emloft.net>,
        Jakub Kicinski <kuba@...nel.org>,
        Alexey Dobriyan <adobriyan@...il.com>,
        Al Viro <viro@...iv.linux.org.uk>
Subject: Re: [PATCH v2 1/2] mm: add GFP mask param to strndup_user

Thanks for taking a look!

On Fri, Aug 21, 2020 at 8:51 PM Andrew Morton <akpm@...ux-foundation.org> wrote:
> Why change all existing callsites so that one callsite can pass in a
> different gfp_t?

My initial thought was to change strndup_user to use
GFP_KERNEL_ACCOUNT (or GFP_USER | __GFP_ACCOUNT ?) unconditionally.

(Would that work? that would be a simpler change for sure)

In the case it was not wanted, I assumed a good proportion of callers
might do the same on a case-by-case basis (esp. with regards to
enabling accounting).

> Also...
>
> why does strndup_user() use GFP_USER?  Nobody will be mapping the
> resulting strings into user pagetables (will they?).  This was done by
> Al's 6c2c97a24f096e32, which doesn't have a changelog :(

FWIW, I believe related to this: https://lkml.org/lkml/2018/1/6/333

It's a bit over my head (is GFP_USER cheaper?) if strndup_user needs
to follow memdup_user

> In [patch 2/2],
>
> +       desc = strndup_user(user_desc, SK_MAX_DESC_SIZE, GFP_KERNEL_ACCOUNT);
>
> if GFP_USER is legit then shouldn't this be GFP_USER_ACCOUNT (ie,
> GFP_USER|__GFP_ACCOUNT)?

Yes! I'll see clearer if I manage to wrap my head around what
strndup_user should do
Thanks!

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