[PATCH v5 13/14] protect architectures where THREAD_SIZE >= PAGE_SIZE against fork bombs

From: Glauber Costa
Date: Tue Oct 16 2012 - 06:18:22 EST

Because those architectures will draw their stacks directly from the
page allocator, rather than the slab cache, we can directly pass
__GFP_KMEMCG flag, and issue the corresponding free_pages.

This code path is taken when the architecture doesn't define
CONFIG_ARCH_THREAD_INFO_ALLOCATOR (only ia64 seems to), and has
THREAD_SIZE >= PAGE_SIZE. Luckily, most - if not all - of the remaining
architectures fall in this category.

This will guarantee that every stack page is accounted to the memcg the
process currently lives on, and will have the allocations to fail if
they go over limit.

For the time being, I am defining a new variant of THREADINFO_GFP, not
to mess with the other path. Once the slab is also tracked by memcg, we
can get rid of that flag.

Tested to successfully protect against :(){ :|:& };:

Signed-off-by: Glauber Costa <glommer@xxxxxxxxxxxxx>
Acked-by: Frederic Weisbecker <fweisbec@xxxxxxxxxx>
Acked-by: Kamezawa Hiroyuki <kamezawa.hiroyu@xxxxxxxxxxxxxx>
Reviewed-by: Michal Hocko <mhocko@xxxxxxx>
CC: Christoph Lameter <cl@xxxxxxxxx>
CC: Pekka Enberg <penberg@xxxxxxxxxxxxxx>
CC: Johannes Weiner <hannes@xxxxxxxxxxx>
CC: Suleiman Souhlal <suleiman@xxxxxxxxxx>
CC: Tejun Heo <tj@xxxxxxxxxx>
include/linux/thread_info.h | 2 ++
kernel/fork.c | 4 ++--
2 files changed, 4 insertions(+), 2 deletions(-)

diff --git a/include/linux/thread_info.h b/include/linux/thread_info.h
index ccc1899..e7e0473 100644
--- a/include/linux/thread_info.h
+++ b/include/linux/thread_info.h
@@ -61,6 +61,8 @@ extern long do_no_restart_syscall(struct restart_block *parm);

* flag set/clear/test wrappers
* - pass TIF_xxxx constants to these functions
diff --git a/kernel/fork.c b/kernel/fork.c
index 03b86f1..b3f6298 100644
--- a/kernel/fork.c
+++ b/kernel/fork.c
@@ -146,7 +146,7 @@ void __weak arch_release_thread_info(struct thread_info *ti)
static struct thread_info *alloc_thread_info_node(struct task_struct *tsk,
int node)
- struct page *page = alloc_pages_node(node, THREADINFO_GFP,
+ struct page *page = alloc_pages_node(node, THREADINFO_GFP_ACCOUNTED,

return page ? page_address(page) : NULL;
@@ -154,7 +154,7 @@ static struct thread_info *alloc_thread_info_node(struct task_struct *tsk,

static inline void free_thread_info(struct thread_info *ti)
- free_pages((unsigned long)ti, THREAD_SIZE_ORDER);
+ free_accounted_pages((unsigned long)ti, THREAD_SIZE_ORDER);
# else
static struct kmem_cache *thread_info_cache;

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