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From: David Hildenbrand <>
To: Rustam Kovhaev <>,
	Catalin Marinas <>,
	Andrew Morton <>
Subject: Re: kmemleak memory scanning
Date: Tue, 15 Jun 2021 10:12:06 +0200	[thread overview]
Message-ID: <> (raw)
In-Reply-To: <YMe8ktUsdtwFKHuF@nuc10>

On 14.06.21 22:31, Rustam Kovhaev wrote:
> hello Catalin, Andrew!
> while troubleshooting a false positive syzbot kmemleak report i have
> noticed an interesting behavior in kmemleak and i wonder whether it is
> behavior by design and should be documented, or maybe something to
> improve.


See below regarding documentation.

> apologies if some of the questions do not make sense, i am still going
> through kmemleak code..
> a) kmemleak scans struct page (kmemleak.c:1462), but it does not scan
> the actual contents (page_address(page)) of the page.
> if we allocate an object with kmalloc(), then allocate page with
> alloc_page(), and if we put kmalloc pointer somewhere inside that page,
> kmemleak will report kmalloc pointer as a false positive.
> should we improve kmemleak and make it scan page contents?
> or will this bring too many false negatives?

I looked into this a while ago to see which parts of the kernel end up 
reading random physical page content and was happy to see that kmemleak 
does *not* scan random physical memory :)

We have to be very careful when reading random physical page content, 
especially in virt environments this is really undesired, or when 
dealing with memory holes, memory with problematic semantics like gart 
memory ...

The doc (Documentation/dev-tools/kmemleak.rst) states "Page allocations 
and ioremap are not tracked.", which includes the alloc_page() example 
you gave I think.


David / dhildenb

  parent reply	other threads:[~2021-06-15  8:12 UTC|newest]

Thread overview: 11+ messages / expand[flat|nested]  mbox.gz  Atom feed  top
2021-06-14 20:31 kmemleak memory scanning Rustam Kovhaev
2021-06-15  5:15 ` Dmitry Vyukov
2021-06-16 18:25   ` Rustam Kovhaev
2021-06-24 17:36     ` Rustam Kovhaev
2021-06-25 15:01       ` Catalin Marinas
2021-06-25 15:27         ` Rustam Kovhaev
2021-06-25 15:36           ` Dmitry Vyukov
2021-06-15  8:12 ` David Hildenbrand [this message]
2021-06-16 18:27   ` Rustam Kovhaev
2021-06-15 10:15 ` Catalin Marinas
2021-06-16 18:36   ` Rustam Kovhaev

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