[RFC PATCH v2 1/3] mm/gup: fix gup_fast with dynamic page table folding
jgg at ziepe.ca
Thu Sep 10 18:11:16 EDT 2020
On Thu, Sep 10, 2020 at 02:22:37PM -0700, John Hubbard wrote:
> Or am I way off here, and it really is possible (aside from the current
> s390 situation) to observe something that "is no longer a page table"?
Yes, that is the issue. Remember there is no locking for GUP
fast. While a page table cannot be freed there is nothing preventing
the page table entry from being concurrently modified.
Without the stack variable it looks like this:
pud_t pud = READ_ONCE(*pudp);
And pmd_offset() expands to
return (pmd_t *)pud_page_vaddr(*pud) + pmd_index(address);
Between the READ_ONCE(*pudp) and (*pud) inside pmd_offset() the value
of *pud can change, eg to !pud_present.
Then pud_page_vaddr(*pud) will crash. It is not use after free, it
is using data that has not been validated.
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