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Date:   Thu, 17 Dec 2020 11:03:08 -0800
From:   Alexei Starovoitov <alexei.starovoitov@...il.com>
To:     Song Liu <songliubraving@...com>
Cc:     bpf@...r.kernel.org, netdev@...r.kernel.org, ast@...nel.org,
        daniel@...earbox.net, andrii@...nel.org, john.fastabend@...il.com,
        kpsingh@...omium.org, kernel-team@...com
Subject: Re: [PATCH v2 bpf-next 1/4] bpf: introduce task_vma bpf_iter

On Tue, Dec 15, 2020 at 03:36:59PM -0800, Song Liu wrote:
> +/*
> + * Key information from vm_area_struct. We need this because we cannot
> + * assume the vm_area_struct is still valid after each iteration.
> + */
> +struct __vm_area_struct {
> +	__u64 start;
> +	__u64 end;
> +	__u64 flags;
> +	__u64 pgoff;
> +};

Where it's inside .c or exposed in uapi/bpf.h it will become uapi
if it's used this way. Let's switch to arbitrary BTF-based access instead.

> +static struct __vm_area_struct *
> +task_vma_seq_get_next(struct bpf_iter_seq_task_vma_info *info)
> +{
> +	struct pid_namespace *ns = info->common.ns;
> +	struct task_struct *curr_task;
> +	struct vm_area_struct *vma;
> +	u32 curr_tid = info->tid;
> +	bool new_task = false;
> +
> +	/* If this function returns a non-NULL __vm_area_struct, it held
> +	 * a reference to the task_struct. If info->file is non-NULL, it
> +	 * also holds a reference to the file. If this function returns
> +	 * NULL, it does not hold any reference.
> +	 */
> +again:
> +	if (info->task) {
> +		curr_task = info->task;
> +	} else {
> +		curr_task = task_seq_get_next(ns, &curr_tid, true);
> +		if (!curr_task) {
> +			info->task = NULL;
> +			info->tid++;
> +			return NULL;
> +		}
> +
> +		if (curr_tid != info->tid) {
> +			info->tid = curr_tid;
> +			new_task = true;
> +		}
> +
> +		if (!curr_task->mm)
> +			goto next_task;
> +		info->task = curr_task;
> +	}
> +
> +	mmap_read_lock(curr_task->mm);

That will hurt. /proc readers do that and it causes all sorts
of production issues. We cannot take this lock.
There is no need to take it.
Switch the whole thing to probe_read style walking.
And reimplement find_vma with probe_read while omitting vmacache.
It will be short rbtree walk.
bpf prog doesn't need to see a stable struct. It will read it through ptr_to_btf_id
which will use probe_read equivalent underneath.

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