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From: Stephen Brennan <stephen.s.brennan@oracle.com>
To: Alexey Dobriyan <adobriyan@gmail.com>
Cc: James Morris <jmorris@namei.org>,
	"Serge E. Hallyn" <serge@hallyn.com>,
	linux-security-module@vger.kernel.org,
	Paul Moore <paul@paul-moore.com>,
	Stephen Smalley <stephen.smalley.work@gmail.com>,
	Eric Paris <eparis@parisplace.org>,
	selinux@vger.kernel.org, Casey Schaufler <casey@schaufler-ca.com>,
	Eric Biederman <ebiederm@xmission.com>,
	Alexander Viro <viro@zeniv.linux.org.uk>,
	linux-fsdevel@vger.kernel.org, linux-kernel@vger.kernel.org,
	Matthew Wilcox <willy@infradead.org>
Subject: Re: [PATCH RESEND v5] proc: Allow pid_revalidate() during LOOKUP_RCU
Date: Wed, 17 Feb 2021 10:11:30 -0800
Message-ID: <87eehe5zu5.fsf@stepbren-lnx.us.oracle.com> (raw)
In-Reply-To: <20210204171719.1021547-1-stephen.s.brennan@oracle.com>

Stephen Brennan <stephen.s.brennan@oracle.com> writes:

> The pid_revalidate() function drops from RCU into REF lookup mode. When
> many threads are resolving paths within /proc in parallel, this can
> result in heavy spinlock contention on d_lockref as each thread tries to
> grab a reference to the /proc dentry (and drop it shortly thereafter).
>
> Investigation indicates that it is not necessary to drop RCU in
> pid_revalidate(), as no RCU data is modified and the function never
> sleeps. So, remove the LOOKUP_RCU check.
>
> Signed-off-by: Stephen Brennan <stephen.s.brennan@oracle.com>
> ---

Hello all,

I wanted to bring this patch to the surface again in case anyone has an
opportunity to review the changes.

Thank you,
Stephen

>
> When running running ~100 parallel instances of "TZ=/etc/localtime ps -fe
>>/dev/null" on a 100CPU machine, the %sys utilization reaches 90%, and perf
> shows the following code path as being responsible for heavy contention on
> the d_lockref spinlock:
>
>       walk_component()
>         lookup_fast()
>           d_revalidate()
>             pid_revalidate() // returns -ECHILD
>           unlazy_child()
>             lockref_get_not_dead(&nd->path.dentry->d_lockref) <-- contention
>
> By applying this patch, %sys utilization falls to around 60% under the same
> workload. Although this particular workload is a bit contrived, we have
> seen some monitoring scripts which produced similarly high %sys time due to
> this contention.
>
> As a result this patch, several procfs methods which were only called in
> ref-walk mode could now be called from RCU mode. To ensure that this patch
> is safe, I audited all the inode get_link and permission() implementations,
> as well as dentry d_revalidate() implementations, in fs/proc. These methods
> are called in the following ways:
>
> * get_link() receives a NULL dentry pointer when called in RCU mode.
> * permission() receives MAY_NOT_BLOCK in the mode parameter when called
>   from RCU.
> * d_revalidate() receives LOOKUP_RCU in flags.
>
> There were generally three groups I found. Group (1) are functions which
> contain a check at the top of the function and return -ECHILD, and so
> appear to be trivially RCU safe (although this is by dropping out of RCU
> completely). Group (2) are functions which have no explicit check, but
> on my audit, I was confident that there were no sleeping function calls,
> and thus were RCU safe as is. However, I would appreciate any additional
> review if possible. Group (3) are functions which might be be unsafe for some
> reason or another.
>
> Group (1):
>  proc_ns_get_link()
>  proc_pid_get_link()
>  map_files_d_revalidate()
>  proc_misc_d_revalidate()
>  tid_fd_revalidate()
>
> Group (2):
>  proc_get_link()
>  proc_self_get_link()
>  proc_thread_self_get_link()
>  proc_fd_permission()
>
> Group (3):
>  pid_revalidate()            -- addressed by my patch
>  proc_pid_permission()       -- addressed by commits by Al
>  proc_map_files_get_link()   -- calls capable() which could audit
>
> I believe proc_map_files_get_link() is safe despite calling into the audit
> framework, however I'm not confident and so I did not include it in Group 2.
> proc_pid_permission() calls into the audit code, and is not safe with
> LSM_AUDIT_DATA_DENTRY or LSM_AUDIT_DATA_INODE. Al's commits[1] address
> these issues. This patch is tested and stable on the workload described
> at the beginning of this cover letter, on a system with selinux enabled.
>
> [1]: 23d8f5b684fc ("make dump_common_audit_data() safe to be called from
>      RCU pathwalk") and 2 previous
>
> Changes in v5:
> - Al's commits are now in linux-next, resolving proc_pid_permission() issue.
> - Add NULL check after d_inode_rcu(dentry), because inode may become NULL if
>   we do not hold a reference.
> Changes in v4:
> - Simplify by unconditionally calling pid_update_inode() from pid_revalidate,
>   and removing the LOOKUP_RCU check.
> Changes in v3:
> - Rather than call pid_update_inode() with flags, create
>   proc_inode_needs_update() to determine whether the call can be skipped.
> - Restore the call to the security hook (see next patch).
> Changes in v2:
> - Remove get_pid_task_rcu_user() and get_proc_task_rcu(), since they were
>   unnecessary.
> - Remove the call to security_task_to_inode().
>
>  fs/proc/base.c | 18 ++++++++++--------
>  1 file changed, 10 insertions(+), 8 deletions(-)
>
> diff --git a/fs/proc/base.c b/fs/proc/base.c
> index ebea9501afb8..3e105bd05801 100644
> --- a/fs/proc/base.c
> +++ b/fs/proc/base.c
> @@ -1830,19 +1830,21 @@ static int pid_revalidate(struct dentry *dentry, unsigned int flags)
>  {
>  	struct inode *inode;
>  	struct task_struct *task;
> +	int ret = 0;
>  
> -	if (flags & LOOKUP_RCU)
> -		return -ECHILD;
> -
> -	inode = d_inode(dentry);
> -	task = get_proc_task(inode);
> +	rcu_read_lock();
> +	inode = d_inode_rcu(dentry);
> +	if (!inode)
> +		goto out;
> +	task = pid_task(proc_pid(inode), PIDTYPE_PID);
>  
>  	if (task) {
>  		pid_update_inode(task, inode);
> -		put_task_struct(task);
> -		return 1;
> +		ret = 1;
>  	}
> -	return 0;
> +out:
> +	rcu_read_unlock();
> +	return ret;
>  }
>  
>  static inline bool proc_inode_is_dead(struct inode *inode)
> -- 
> 2.27.0

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