[PATCH 1/2] ARM: mm: fix race updating mm->context.id on ASID rollover

Catalin Marinas catalin.marinas at arm.com
Mon Feb 25 10:59:30 EST 2013

On Mon, Feb 25, 2013 at 03:18:07PM +0000, Will Deacon wrote:
> If a thread triggers an ASID rollover, other threads of the same process
> must be made to wait until the mm->context.id for the shared mm_struct
> has been updated to new generation and associated book-keeping (e.g.
> TLB invalidation) has ben performed.
> However, there is a *tiny* window where both mm->context.id and the
> relevant active_asids entry are updated to the new generation, but the
> TLB flush has not been performed, which could allow another thread to
> return to userspace with a dirty TLB, potentially leading to data
> corruption. In reality this will never occur because one CPU would need
> to perform a context-switch in the time it takes another to do a couple
> of atomic test/set operations but we should plug the race anyway.
> This patch moves the active_asids update until after the potential TLB
> flush on context-switch.
> Cc: <stable at vger.kernel.org>
> Signed-off-by: Will Deacon <will.deacon at arm.com>

Reviewed-by: Catalin Marinas <catalin.marinas at arm.com>

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