[PATCH] mm: do not let vdso pages into LRU rotation

From: Johannes Weiner
Date: Wed Jan 27 2016 - 14:40:53 EST


I noticed that vdso pages are faulted and unmapped as if they were
regular file pages. And I'm guessing this is so that the vdso mappings
are able to use the generic COW code in memory.c.

However, it's a little unsettling that zap_pte_range() makes decisions
based on PageAnon() and the page even reaches mark_page_accessed(), as
that function makes several assumptions about the page being a regular
LRU user page. It seems this isn't crashing today by sheer luck, but I
am working on code that does when page_is_file_cache() returns garbage.

I'm using this hack to work around it:

diff --git a/mm/memory.c b/mm/memory.c
index c387430f06c3..f0537c500150 100644
--- a/mm/memory.c
+++ b/mm/memory.c
@@ -1121,7 +1121,8 @@ again:
if (pte_young(ptent) &&
- likely(!(vma->vm_flags & VM_SEQ_READ)))
+ likely(!(vma->vm_flags & VM_SEQ_READ)) &&
+ !PageReserved(page))

but I think we need a cleaner (and more robust) solution there to make
it clearer that these pages are not regularly managed pages.

Could the VDSO be a VM_MIXEDMAP to keep the initial unmanaged pages
out of the VM while allowing COW into regular anonymous pages?

Are there other requirements of the VDSO that I might be missing?

Any feedback would be greatly appreciated.