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Date:   Fri, 15 Jul 2022 14:50:13 +0200
From:   Maurizio Lombardi <>
Subject: [PATCH V3] mm: prevent page_frag_alloc() from corrupting the memory

A number of drivers call page_frag_alloc() with a
fragment's size > PAGE_SIZE.
In low memory conditions, __page_frag_cache_refill() may fail the order 3
cache allocation and fall back to order 0;
In this case, the cache will be smaller than the fragment, causing
memory corruptions.

Prevent this from happening by checking if the newly allocated cache
is large enough for the fragment; if not, the allocation will fail
and page_frag_alloc() will return NULL.

V2: do not free the cache page because this could make memory pressure
even worse, just return NULL.

V3: add a comment to explain why we return NULL.

Signed-off-by: Maurizio Lombardi <>
 mm/page_alloc.c | 12 ++++++++++++
 1 file changed, 12 insertions(+)

diff --git a/mm/page_alloc.c b/mm/page_alloc.c
index e008a3df0485..59c4dddf379f 100644
--- a/mm/page_alloc.c
+++ b/mm/page_alloc.c
@@ -5617,6 +5617,18 @@ void *page_frag_alloc_align(struct page_frag_cache *nc,
 		/* reset page count bias and offset to start of new frag */
 		nc->pagecnt_bias = PAGE_FRAG_CACHE_MAX_SIZE + 1;
 		offset = size - fragsz;
+		if (unlikely(offset < 0)) {
+			/*
+			 * The caller is trying to allocate a fragment
+			 * with fragsz > PAGE_SIZE but the cache isn't big
+			 * enough to satisfy the request, this may
+			 * happen in low memory conditions.
+			 * We don't release the cache page because
+			 * it could make memory pressure worse
+			 * so we simply return NULL here.
+			 */
+			return NULL;
+		}

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