Re: [PATCH] kvmalloc: always use vmalloc if CONFIG_DEBUG_VM

From: Mikulas Patocka
Date: Fri Apr 20 2018 - 16:55:01 EST

On Fri, 20 Apr 2018, Michal Hocko wrote:

> On Thu 19-04-18 12:12:38, Mikulas Patocka wrote:
> [...]
> > From: Mikulas Patocka <mpatocka@xxxxxxxxxx>
> > Subject: [PATCH] kvmalloc: always use vmalloc if CONFIG_DEBUG_VM
> >
> > The kvmalloc function tries to use kmalloc and falls back to vmalloc if
> > kmalloc fails.
> >
> > Unfortunatelly, some kernel code has bugs - it uses kvmalloc and then
> > uses DMA-API on the returned memory or frees it with kfree. Such bugs were
> > found in the virtio-net driver, dm-integrity or RHEL7 powerpc-specific
> > code.
> >
> > These bugs are hard to reproduce because vmalloc falls back to kmalloc
> > only if memory is fragmented.
> >
> > In order to detect these bugs reliably I submit this patch that changes
> > kvmalloc to always use vmalloc if CONFIG_DEBUG_VM is turned on.
> No way. This is just wrong! First of all, you will explode most likely
> on many allocations of small sizes. Second, CONFIG_DEBUG_VM tends to be
> enabled quite often.

You're an evil person who doesn't want to fix bugs.

You refused to fix vmalloc(GFP_NOIO) misbehavior a year ago (did you make
some progress with it since that time?) and you refuse to fix kvmalloc

I tried this patch on text-only virtual machine and /proc/vmallocinfo
shows 614kB more memory. I tried it on a desktop machine with the chrome
browser open and /proc/vmallocinfo space is increased by 7MB. So no - this
won't exhaust memory and kill the machine.

Arguing that this increases memory consumption is as bogus as arguing that
CONFIG_LOCKDEP increses memory consumption. No one is forcing you to
enable CONFIG_LOCKDEP and no one is forcing you to enable this kvmalloc
test too.