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Re: [PATCH 2/2] mm,fork: introduce MADV_WIPEONFORK




On Fri, 2017-08-11 at 12:42 -0700, Linus Torvalds wrote:
> On Fri, Aug 11, 2017 at 12:19 PM,  <riel@xxxxxxxxxx> wrote:
> > diff --git a/mm/memory.c b/mm/memory.c
> > index 0e517be91a89..f9b0ad7feb57 100644
> > --- a/mm/memory.c
> > +++ b/mm/memory.c
> > @@ -1134,6 +1134,16 @@ int copy_page_range(struct mm_struct
> > *dst_mm, struct mm_struct *src_mm,
> >                         !vma->anon_vma)
> >                 return 0;
> > 
> > +       /*
> > +        * With VM_WIPEONFORK, the child inherits the VMA from the
> > +        * parent, but not its contents.
> > +        *
> > +        * A child accessing VM_WIPEONFORK memory will see all
> > zeroes;
> > +        * a child accessing VM_DONTCOPY memory receives a
> > segfault.
> > +        */
> > +       if (vma->vm_flags & VM_WIPEONFORK)
> > +               return 0;
> > +
> 
> Is this right?
> 
> Yes, you don't do the page table copies. Fine. But you leave vma with
> the the anon_vma pointer - doesn't that mean that it's still
> connected
> to the original anonvma chain, and we might end up swapping something
> in?

Swapping something in would require there to be a swap entry in
the page table entries, which we are not copying, so this should
not be a correctness issue.

> And even if that ends up not being an issue, I'd expect that you'd
> want to break the anon_vma chain just to not make it grow
> unnecessarily.

This is a good point. I can send a v4 that skips the anon_vma_fork()
call if VM_WIPEONFORK, and calls anon_vma_prepare(), instead.

> So my gut feel is that doing this in "copy_page_range()" is wrong,
> and
> the logic should be moved up to dup_mmap(), where we can also
> short-circuit the anon_vma chain entirely.
> 
> No?

There is another test in copy_page_range already which ends up
skipping the page table copy when it should not be done.

If you want, I can move that test into a should_copy_page_range()
function, and call that from dup_mmap(), skipping the call to
copy_page_range() if should_copy_page_range() returns false.

Having only one of the two sets of tests in dup_mmap(), and
the other in copy_page_range() seems wrong.

Just let me know what you prefer, and I'll put that in v4.

> The madvice() interface looks fine to me.

That was the main reason for adding you to the thread :)

kind regards,

Rik