[PATCH 3.10 17/31] mm: Fix NULL pointer dereference in madvise(MADV_WILLNEED) support

From: Greg Kroah-Hartman
Date: Sun Apr 26 2015 - 09:47:36 EST

3.10-stable review patch. If anyone has any objections, please let me know.


From: "Kirill A. Shutemov" <kirill.shutemov@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxx>

commit ee53664bda169f519ce3c6a22d378f0b946c8178 upstream.

Sasha Levin found a NULL pointer dereference that is due to a missing
page table lock, which in turn is due to the pmd entry in question being
a transparent huge-table entry.

The code - introduced in commit 1998cc048901 ("mm: make
madvise(MADV_WILLNEED) support swap file prefetch") - correctly checks
for this situation using pmd_none_or_trans_huge_or_clear_bad(), but it
turns out that that function doesn't work correctly.

pmd_none_or_trans_huge_or_clear_bad() expected that pmd_bad() would
trigger if the transparent hugepage bit was set, but it doesn't do that
if pmd_numa() is also set. Note that the NUMA bit only gets set on real
NUMA machines, so people trying to reproduce this on most normal
development systems would never actually trigger this.

Fix it by removing the very subtle (and subtly incorrect) expectation,
and instead just checking pmd_trans_huge() explicitly.

Reported-by: Sasha Levin <sasha.levin@xxxxxxxxxx>
Acked-by: Andrea Arcangeli <aarcange@xxxxxxxxxx>
[ Additionally remove the now stale test for pmd_trans_huge() inside the
pmd_bad() case - Linus ]
Signed-off-by: Linus Torvalds <torvalds@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx>
Cc: Wang Long <long.wanglong@xxxxxxxxxx>
Signed-off-by: Greg Kroah-Hartman <gregkh@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx>

include/asm-generic/pgtable.h | 5 ++---
1 file changed, 2 insertions(+), 3 deletions(-)

--- a/include/asm-generic/pgtable.h
+++ b/include/asm-generic/pgtable.h
@@ -550,11 +550,10 @@ static inline int pmd_none_or_trans_huge
- if (pmd_none(pmdval))
+ if (pmd_none(pmdval) || pmd_trans_huge(pmdval))
return 1;
if (unlikely(pmd_bad(pmdval))) {
- if (!pmd_trans_huge(pmdval))
- pmd_clear_bad(pmd);
+ pmd_clear_bad(pmd);
return 1;
return 0;

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