memcg: clear mm->owner when last possible owner leaves
KAMEZAWA Hiroyuki [Wed, 15 Jun 2011 22:08:43 +0000 (15:08 -0700)]
The following crash was reported:

> Call Trace:
> [<ffffffff81139792>] mem_cgroup_from_task+0x15/0x17
> [<ffffffff8113a75a>] __mem_cgroup_try_charge+0x148/0x4b4
> [<ffffffff810493f3>] ? need_resched+0x23/0x2d
> [<ffffffff814cbf43>] ? preempt_schedule+0x46/0x4f
> [<ffffffff8113afe8>] mem_cgroup_charge_common+0x9a/0xce
> [<ffffffff8113b6d1>] mem_cgroup_newpage_charge+0x5d/0x5f
> [<ffffffff81134024>] khugepaged+0x5da/0xfaf
> [<ffffffff81078ea0>] ? __init_waitqueue_head+0x4b/0x4b
> [<ffffffff81133a4a>] ? add_mm_counter.constprop.5+0x13/0x13
> [<ffffffff81078625>] kthread+0xa8/0xb0
> [<ffffffff814d13e8>] ? sub_preempt_count+0xa1/0xb4
> [<ffffffff814d5664>] kernel_thread_helper+0x4/0x10
> [<ffffffff814ce858>] ? retint_restore_args+0x13/0x13
> [<ffffffff8107857d>] ? __init_kthread_worker+0x5a/0x5a

What happens is that khugepaged tries to charge a huge page against an mm
whose last possible owner has already exited, and the memory controller
crashes when the stale mm->owner is used to look up the cgroup to charge.

mm->owner has never been set to NULL with the last owner going away, but
nobody cared until khugepaged came along.

Even then it wasn't a problem because the final mmput() on an mm was
forced to acquire and release mmap_sem in write-mode, preventing an
exiting owner to go away while the mmap_sem was held, and until "692e0b3
mm: thp: optimize memcg charge in khugepaged", the memory cgroup charge
was protected by mmap_sem in read-mode.

Instead of going back to relying on the mmap_sem to enforce lifetime of a
task, this patch ensures that mm->owner is properly set to NULL when the
last possible owner is exiting, which the memory controller can handle
just fine.

[akpm@linux-foundation.org: tweak comments]
Signed-off-by: Hugh Dickins <hughd@google.com>
Signed-off-by: KAMEZAWA Hiroyuki <kamezawa.hiroyu@jp.fujitsu.com>
Signed-off-by: Johannes Weiner <hannes@cmpxchg.org>
Reported-by: Hugh Dickins <hughd@google.com>
Reported-by: Dave Jones <davej@redhat.com>
Reviewed-by: Andrea Arcangeli <aarcange@redhat.com>
Signed-off-by: Andrew Morton <akpm@linux-foundation.org>
Signed-off-by: Linus Torvalds <torvalds@linux-foundation.org>

kernel/exit.c

index 20a4064..f2b321b 100644 (file)
@@ -561,29 +561,28 @@ void exit_files(struct task_struct *tsk)
 
 #ifdef CONFIG_MM_OWNER
 /*
- * Task p is exiting and it owned mm, lets find a new owner for it
+ * A task is exiting.   If it owned this mm, find a new owner for the mm.
  */
-static inline int
-mm_need_new_owner(struct mm_struct *mm, struct task_struct *p)
-{
-       /*
-        * If there are other users of the mm and the owner (us) is exiting
-        * we need to find a new owner to take on the responsibility.
-        */
-       if (atomic_read(&mm->mm_users) <= 1)
-               return 0;
-       if (mm->owner != p)
-               return 0;
-       return 1;
-}
-
 void mm_update_next_owner(struct mm_struct *mm)
 {
        struct task_struct *c, *g, *p = current;
 
 retry:
-       if (!mm_need_new_owner(mm, p))
+       /*
+        * If the exiting or execing task is not the owner, it's
+        * someone else's problem.
+        */
+       if (mm->owner != p)
                return;
+       /*
+        * The current owner is exiting/execing and there are no other
+        * candidates.  Do not leave the mm pointing to a possibly
+        * freed task structure.
+        */
+       if (atomic_read(&mm->mm_users) <= 1) {
+               mm->owner = NULL;
+               return;
+       }
 
        read_lock(&tasklist_lock);
        /*