Re: [RFC 03/10] kmod: add dynamic max concurrent thread count
From: Luis R. Rodriguez
Date: Thu Dec 08 2016 - 16:00:50 EST
On Thu, Dec 08, 2016 at 12:28:07PM -0800, Kees Cook wrote:
> On Thu, Dec 8, 2016 at 11:48 AM, Luis R. Rodriguez <mcgrof@xxxxxxxxxx> wrote:
> > diff --git a/kernel/kmod.c b/kernel/kmod.c
> > index 0277d1216f80..cb6f7ca7b8a5 100644
> > --- a/kernel/kmod.c
> > +++ b/kernel/kmod.c
> > @@ -44,6 +44,9 @@
> > @@ -186,6 +174,31 @@ int __request_module(bool wait, const char *fmt, ...)
> > return ret;
> > }
> > EXPORT_SYMBOL(__request_module);
> > +
> > +/*
> > + * If modprobe needs a service that is in a module, we get a recursive
> > + * loop. Limit the number of running kmod threads to max_threads/2 or
> > + * CONFIG_MAX_KMOD_CONCURRENT, whichever is the smaller. A cleaner method
> > + * would be to run the parents of this process, counting how many times
> > + * kmod was invoked. That would mean accessing the internals of the
> > + * process tables to get the command line, proc_pid_cmdline is static
> > + * and it is not worth changing the proc code just to handle this case.
> > + *
> > + * "trace the ppid" is simple, but will fail if someone's
> > + * parent exits. I think this is as good as it gets.
> > + *
> > + * You can override with with a kernel parameter, for instance to allow
> > + * 4096 concurrent modprobe instances:
> > + *
> > + * kmod.max_modprobes=4096
> > + */
> > +void __init init_kmod_umh(void)
> What does umh mean?
umh is user mode helper. kmod.c actually implements the kernel's umh code.
A subsequent series I will want to move all that to umh.c and keep module
loading separate in kmod.c But that's for later as a cleanup.
BTW any chance I can have you trim replies to file name and hunk for changes
you reply to ? As an example I did that here :)