[PATCH 01/12] mm/pgtable: add rcu_read_lock() and rcu_read_unlock()s

Jann Horn jannh at google.com
Thu Jun 1 03:06:23 AEST 2023

On Mon, May 29, 2023 at 8:15 AM Hugh Dickins <hughd at google.com> wrote:
> Before putting them to use (several commits later), add rcu_read_lock()
> to pte_offset_map(), and rcu_read_unlock() to pte_unmap().  Make this a
> separate commit, since it risks exposing imbalances: prior commits have
> fixed all the known imbalances, but we may find some have been missed.
> diff --git a/mm/pgtable-generic.c b/mm/pgtable-generic.c
> index c7ab18a5fb77..674671835631 100644
> --- a/mm/pgtable-generic.c
> +++ b/mm/pgtable-generic.c
> @@ -236,7 +236,7 @@ pte_t *__pte_offset_map(pmd_t *pmd, unsigned long addr, pmd_t *pmdvalp)
>  {
>         pmd_t pmdval;
> -       /* rcu_read_lock() to be added later */
> +       rcu_read_lock();
>         pmdval = pmdp_get_lockless(pmd);
>         if (pmdvalp)
>                 *pmdvalp = pmdval;

It might be a good idea to document that this series assumes that the
first argument to __pte_offset_map() is a pointer into a second-level
page table (and not a local copy of the entry) unless the containing
VMA is known to not be THP-eligible or the page table is detached from
the page table hierarchy or something like that. Currently a bunch of
places pass references to local copies of the entry, and while I think
all of these are fine, it would probably be good to at least document
why these are allowed to do it while other places aren't.

$ vgrep 'pte_offset_map(&'
Index File                  Line Content
    0 arch/sparc/mm/tlb.c    151 pte = pte_offset_map(&pmd, vaddr);
    1 kernel/events/core.c  7501 ptep = pte_offset_map(&pmd, addr);
    2 mm/gup.c              2460 ptem = ptep = pte_offset_map(&pmd, addr);
    3 mm/huge_memory.c      2057 pte = pte_offset_map(&_pmd, haddr);
    4 mm/huge_memory.c      2214 pte = pte_offset_map(&_pmd, haddr);
    5 mm/page_table_check.c  240 pte_t *ptep = pte_offset_map(&pmd, addr);

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