Re: [PATCH] ARM: DMA: Fix kzalloc flags in __iommu_alloc_buffer()

From: Arnd Bergmann
Date: Mon Dec 08 2014 - 05:24:48 EST

On Monday 08 December 2014 17:39:27 Alexandre Courbot wrote:
> There doesn't seem to be any valid reason to allocate the pages array
> with the same flags as the buffer itself. Doing so can eventually lead
> to the following safeguard in mm/slab.c to be hit:
> This happens when buffers are allocated with __GFP_DMA32 or
> Fix this by allocating the pages array with GFP_KERNEL to follow what is
> done elsewhere in this file. Using GFP_KERNEL in __iommu_alloc_buffer()
> is safe because atomic allocations are handled by __iommu_alloc_atomic().

I think you need to carry over the GFP_ATOMIC flag if that is set by the
caller, but not the GFP_HIGHMEM or GFP_DMA32. Not sure if it's better
to mask out flags from the caller mask, or to start with GFP_KERNEL
and adding in extra bits.

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