Re: usb/gadget: warning in ep_write_iter/__alloc_pages_nodemask

From: Alan Stern
Date: Tue Dec 13 2016 - 08:33:39 EST

On Tue, 13 Dec 2016, Michal Hocko wrote:

> > > That being said, what ep_write_iter does sounds quite stupit. It just
> > > allocates a large continuous buffer which seems to be under user
> > > control... Aka no good! It should do that per pages or something like
> > > that. Something worth fixing
> >
> > It's not important enough to make the driver do all this work. If
> > users want to send large amounts of data, they can send it a page at a
> > time (or something like that).
> Is it really necessary to allocate the full iov_iter_count? Why cannot
> we process the from buffer one page at a time?

We could (although one page is really too small -- USB 3.1 can transfer
800 KB per ms so we ought to handle at least 128 KB at a time). But
turn the argument around: If the user wants to transfer that much data,
why can't he _submit_ it one page at a time?

> > If you really want to prevent the driver from attempting to allocate a
> > large buffer, all that's needed is an upper limit on the total size.
> > For example, 64 KB.
> Well, my point was that it is not really hard to imagine to deplete
> larger contiguous memory blocks (say PAGE_ALLOC_COSTLY_ORDER). Those are
> still causing the OOM killer and chances are that a controlled flood of
> these requests could completely DoS the system.

Putting a limit on the total size of a single transfer would prevent

Alan Stern