Re: Should mmap MAP_LOCKED fail if mm_poppulate fails?

From: Linus Torvalds
Date: Tue Apr 28 2015 - 12:57:27 EST

On Tue, Apr 28, 2015 at 9:43 AM, Michal Hocko <mhocko@xxxxxxx> wrote:
> Hmm, no other thread has the address from the current mmap call except
> for MAP_FIXED (more on that below).

With things like opportunistic SIGSEGV handlers that map/unmap things
as the user takes faults, that's actually not at all guaranteed.

Yeah, it's unusual, but I've seen it, with threaded applications where
people play games with user-space memory management, and do "demand
allocation" with mmap() in response to signals.

Admittedly we already do bad things in mmap(MAP_FIXED) for that case,
since we dropped the vm lock. But at least it shouldn't be any worse
than a thread speculatively touching the pages..

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