Revert "memcg: get rid of percpu_charge_mutex lock"
authorMichal Hocko <mhocko@suse.cz>
Tue, 9 Aug 2011 09:56:26 +0000 (11:56 +0200)
committerLinus Torvalds <torvalds@linux-foundation.org>
Wed, 10 Aug 2011 00:04:43 +0000 (17:04 -0700)
commit9f50fad65b87a8776ae989ca059ad6c17925dfc3
tree9d15fc968323357da6b3a534c4c40ff3192cf2f9
parent47e180d6523081605c970f806572beab8a205537
Revert "memcg: get rid of percpu_charge_mutex lock"

This reverts commit 8521fc50d433507a7cdc96bec280f9e5888a54cc.

The patch incorrectly assumes that using atomic FLUSHING_CACHED_CHARGE
bit operations is sufficient but that is not true.  Johannes Weiner has
reported a crash during parallel memory cgroup removal:

  BUG: unable to handle kernel NULL pointer dereference at 0000000000000018
  IP: [<ffffffff81083b70>] css_is_ancestor+0x20/0x70
  Oops: 0000 [#1] PREEMPT SMP
  Pid: 19677, comm: rmdir Tainted: G        W   3.0.0-mm1-00188-gf38d32b #35 ECS MCP61M-M3/MCP61M-M3
  RIP: 0010:[<ffffffff81083b70>]  css_is_ancestor+0x20/0x70
  RSP: 0018:ffff880077b09c88  EFLAGS: 00010202
  Process rmdir (pid: 19677, threadinfo ffff880077b08000, task ffff8800781bb310)
  Call Trace:
   [<ffffffff810feba3>] mem_cgroup_same_or_subtree+0x33/0x40
   [<ffffffff810feccf>] drain_all_stock+0x11f/0x170
   [<ffffffff81103211>] mem_cgroup_force_empty+0x231/0x6d0
   [<ffffffff811036c4>] mem_cgroup_pre_destroy+0x14/0x20
   [<ffffffff81080559>] cgroup_rmdir+0xb9/0x500
   [<ffffffff81114d26>] vfs_rmdir+0x86/0xe0
   [<ffffffff81114e7b>] do_rmdir+0xfb/0x110
   [<ffffffff81114ea6>] sys_rmdir+0x16/0x20
   [<ffffffff8154d76b>] system_call_fastpath+0x16/0x1b

We are crashing because we try to dereference cached memcg when we are
checking whether we should wait for draining on the cache.  The cache is
already cleaned up, though.

There is also a theoretical chance that the cached memcg gets freed
between we test for the FLUSHING_CACHED_CHARGE and dereference it in
mem_cgroup_same_or_subtree:

        CPU0                    CPU1                         CPU2
  mem=stock->cached
  stock->cached=NULL
                              clear_bit
                                                        test_and_set_bit
  test_bit()                    ...
  <preempted>             mem_cgroup_destroy
  use after free

The percpu_charge_mutex protected from this race because sync draining
is exclusive.

It is safer to revert now and come up with a more parallel
implementation later.

Signed-off-by: Michal Hocko <mhocko@suse.cz>
Reported-by: Johannes Weiner <jweiner@redhat.com>
Acked-by: Johannes Weiner <jweiner@redhat.com>
Acked-by: KAMEZAWA Hiroyuki <kamezawa.hiroyu@jp.fujitsu.com>
Cc: stable@kernel.org
Signed-off-by: Linus Torvalds <torvalds@linux-foundation.org>
mm/memcontrol.c