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From: Michal Hocko <>
To: Mel Gorman <>
Cc: Andrew Morton <>,
	Linux-MM <>,
	LKML <>,
	Oscar Salvador <>,
	"Michael S. Tsirkin" <>,
	David Hildenbrand <>,
	Vlastimil Babka <>,
	Alexander Duyck <>,
	Minchan Kim <>
Subject: Re: [PATCH] mm/memory_hotplug: Make unpopulated zones PCP structures unreachable during hot remove
Date: Fri, 9 Apr 2021 14:42:57 +0200
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On Fri 09-04-21 13:09:57, Mel Gorman wrote:
> zone_pcp_reset allegedly protects against a race with drain_pages
> using local_irq_save but this is bogus. local_irq_save only operates
> on the local CPU. If memory hotplug is running on CPU A and drain_pages
> is running on CPU B, disabling IRQs on CPU A does not affect CPU B and
> offers no protection.

Yes, the synchronization aspect is bogus indeed.

> This patch reorders memory hotremove such that the PCP structures
> relevant to the zone are no longer reachable by the time the structures
> are freed.  With this reordering, no protection is required to prevent
> a use-after-free and the IRQs can be left enabled. zone_pcp_reset is
> renamed to zone_pcp_destroy to make it clear that the per-cpu structures
> are deleted when the function returns.

Wouldn't it be much easier to simply not destroy/reset pcp of an empty
zone at all? The whole point of this exercise seems to be described in
340175b7d14d5. setup_zone_pageset can check for an already allocated pcp
and simply reinitialize it. 
Michal Hocko

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Thread overview: 8+ messages / expand[flat|nested]  mbox.gz  Atom feed  top
2021-04-09 12:09 Mel Gorman
2021-04-09 12:42 ` Michal Hocko [this message]
2021-04-09 12:48   ` Michal Hocko
2021-04-09 13:42     ` Mel Gorman
2021-04-09 14:37       ` Michal Hocko
2021-04-09 15:12         ` Mel Gorman
2021-04-09 19:05           ` David Hildenbrand
2021-04-10  7:25           ` Michal Hocko

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