Re: [PATCH 0/3] aio: ctx->dead cleanups
From: Oleg Nesterov
Date: Tue Jun 16 2015 - 21:33:46 EST
Damn, sorry for noise, forgot to mention.
And whatever I missed, this ctx->dead check in aio_ring_remap()
looks wrong anyway. Please correct me.
On 06/17, Oleg Nesterov wrote:
> On 06/17, Oleg Nesterov wrote:
> > On 06/17, Al Viro wrote:
> > >
> > > On Wed, Jun 17, 2015 at 01:04:14AM +0200, Oleg Nesterov wrote:
> > > > Al, please help. We are trying to backport some aio fixes and I am
> > > > absolutely confused by your b2edffdd912b "fix mremap() vs. ioctx_kill()
> > > > race".
> > > >
> > > >
> > > > Firstly, I simply can't understand what exactly it tries to fix. OK,
> > > > aio_free_ring() can race with kill and we can remap the soon-to-be-killed
> > > > ctx. So what? kill_ioctx() will the the correct (already re-mapped)
> > > > ctx->mmap_base after it drops mm->ioctx_lock.
> > >
> > > Huh? kill_ioctx() picks ctx->mmap_base and passes it to vm_munmap().
> > > Which tries to grab mmap_sem, blocks for mremap() from another thread
> > > and waits for it to drop mmap_sem. By that time ctx->mmap_base has
> > > nothing whatsoever to the argument we'd passed to vm_munmap().
> > Yes. But it seems that you missed another part of my email:
> > So it seems to me we only need this change to ensure that move_vma() can
> > not succeed if ctx was already removed from ->ioctx_table, or, if we race
> > with ioctx_alloc(), it was not added to ->ioctx_table. IOW, we need to
> > ensure that move_vma()->aio_ring_mmap() can not race with
> > vm_munmap(ctx->mmap_base) in kill_ioctx() or ioctx_alloc(). And this race
> > doesn't look really bad. The kernel can't crash, just the application can
> > fool itself.
> > So once again, could explain why do we really need to prevent this?
> > Afaics, if the application is stupid, it can only fool itself.
> > And please note that ctx->mmap_base or/and ctx->mmap_size can be wrong
> > anyway. Say, an application can munmap() this vma, or munmap() the part
> > of this vma.
> And speaking of aio_ring_remap() it can "corrupt" ->mmap_base even with
> this patch. Just you need to mremap() the tail of aio-mapped memory.
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