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From: Jiri Slaby <>
Cc:, Jiri Slaby <>,
	Johannes Weiner <>,
	Michal Hocko <>,
	Vladimir Davydov <>,
	Shakeel Butt <>,,,,
	Raghavendra K T <>
Subject: [PATCH -resend v2] memcg: make it work on sparse non-0-node systems
Date: Wed, 22 May 2019 11:19:40 +0200
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We have a single node system with node 0 disabled:
  Scanning NUMA topology in Northbridge 24
  Number of physical nodes 2
  Skipping disabled node 0
  Node 1 MemBase 0000000000000000 Limit 00000000fbff0000
  NODE_DATA(1) allocated [mem 0xfbfda000-0xfbfeffff]

This causes crashes in memcg when system boots:
  BUG: unable to handle kernel NULL pointer dereference at 0000000000000008
  #PF error: [normal kernel read fault]
  RIP: 0010:list_lru_add+0x94/0x170
  Call Trace:

It is reproducible as far as 4.12. I did not try older kernels. You have
to have a new enough systemd, e.g. 241 (the reason is unknown -- was not
investigated). Cannot be reproduced with systemd 234.

The system crashes because the size of lru array is never updated in
memcg_update_all_list_lrus and the reads are past the zero-sized array,
causing dereferences of random memory.

The root cause are list_lru_memcg_aware checks in the list_lru code.
The test in list_lru_memcg_aware is broken: it assumes node 0 is always
present, but it is not true on some systems as can be seen above.

So fix this by avoiding checks on node 0. Remember the memcg-awareness
by a bool flag in struct list_lru.

[v2] use the idea proposed by Vladimir -- the bool flag.

Signed-off-by: Jiri Slaby <>
Fixes: 60d3fd32a7a9 ("list_lru: introduce per-memcg lists")
Cc: Johannes Weiner <>
Acked-by: Michal Hocko <>
Suggested-by: Vladimir Davydov <>
Acked-by: Vladimir Davydov <>
Reviewed-by: Shakeel Butt <>
Cc: <>
Cc: <>
Cc: <>
Cc: Raghavendra K T <>

This is only a resent patch. I did not send it the akpm's way previously.

 include/linux/list_lru.h | 1 +
 mm/list_lru.c            | 8 +++-----
 2 files changed, 4 insertions(+), 5 deletions(-)

diff --git a/include/linux/list_lru.h b/include/linux/list_lru.h
index aa5efd9351eb..d5ceb2839a2d 100644
--- a/include/linux/list_lru.h
+++ b/include/linux/list_lru.h
@@ -54,6 +54,7 @@ struct list_lru {
 	struct list_head	list;
 	int			shrinker_id;
+	bool			memcg_aware;
diff --git a/mm/list_lru.c b/mm/list_lru.c
index 0730bf8ff39f..d3b538146efd 100644
--- a/mm/list_lru.c
+++ b/mm/list_lru.c
@@ -37,11 +37,7 @@ static int lru_shrinker_id(struct list_lru *lru)
 static inline bool list_lru_memcg_aware(struct list_lru *lru)
-	/*
-	 * This needs node 0 to be always present, even
-	 * in the systems supporting sparse numa ids.
-	 */
-	return !!lru->node[0].memcg_lrus;
+	return lru->memcg_aware;
 static inline struct list_lru_one *
@@ -451,6 +447,8 @@ static int memcg_init_list_lru(struct list_lru *lru, bool memcg_aware)
 	int i;
+	lru->memcg_aware = memcg_aware;
 	if (!memcg_aware)
 		return 0;

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