Re: [PATCH 1/2] mm/kasan: dump alloc/free stack for page allocator

From: Vlastimil Babka
Date: Wed Sep 04 2019 - 10:13:53 EST

On 9/4/19 4:06 PM, Walter Wu wrote:
> On Wed, 2019-09-04 at 14:49 +0200, Vlastimil Babka wrote:
>> On 9/4/19 8:51 AM, Walter Wu wrote:
>> > This patch is KASAN report adds the alloc/free stacks for page allocator
>> > in order to help programmer to see memory corruption caused by page.
>> >
>> > By default, KASAN doesn't record alloc/free stack for page allocator.
>> > It is difficult to fix up page use-after-free issue.
>> >
>> > This feature depends on page owner to record the last stack of pages.
>> > It is very helpful for solving the page use-after-free or out-of-bound.
>> >
>> > KASAN report will show the last stack of page, it may be:
>> > a) If page is in-use state, then it prints alloc stack.
>> > It is useful to fix up page out-of-bound issue.
>> I expect this will conflict both in syntax and semantics with my series [1] that
>> adds the freeing stack to page_owner when used together with debug_pagealloc,
>> and it's now in mmotm. Glad others see the need as well :) Perhaps you could
>> review the series, see if it fulfils your usecase (AFAICS the series should be a
>> superset, by storing both stacks at once), and perhaps either make KASAN enable
>> debug_pagealloc, or turn KASAN into an alternative enabler of the functionality
>> there?
>> Thanks, Vlastimil
>> [1]
> Thanks your information.
> We focus on the smartphone, so it doesn't enable
> CONFIG_TRANSPARENT_HUGEPAGE, Is it invalid for our usecase?

The THP fix is not required for the rest of the series, it was even merged to
mainline separately.

> And It looks like something is different, because we only need last
> stack of page, so it can decrease memory overhead.

That would save you depot_stack_handle_t (which is u32) per page. I guess that's
nothing compared to KASAN overhead?

> I will try to enable debug_pagealloc(with your patch) and KASAN, then we
> see the result.


> Thanks.
> Walter