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From: Michal Hocko <mhocko@kernel.org>
To: Jann Horn <jannh@google.com>
Cc: "Michael Kerrisk (man-pages)" <mtk.manpages@gmail.com>,
	John Hubbard <jhubbard@nvidia.com>,
	linux-man <linux-man@vger.kernel.org>,
	Andrew Morton <akpm@linux-foundation.org>,
	Linux-MM <linux-mm@kvack.org>,
	lkml <linux-kernel@vger.kernel.org>,
	Linux API <linux-api@vger.kernel.org>
Subject: Re: [PATCH] mmap.2: MAP_FIXED is okay if the address range has been reserved
Date: Mon, 16 Apr 2018 21:57:26 +0200	[thread overview]
Message-ID: <20180416195726.GT17484@dhcp22.suse.cz> (raw)
In-Reply-To: <CAG48ez1nf96nHj8a+aZy22RwqYTUZBGrsGFcz=ZhZBUWzaEZ9w@mail.gmail.com>

On Mon 16-04-18 21:30:09, Jann Horn wrote:
> On Mon, Apr 16, 2018 at 9:18 PM, Michal Hocko <mhocko@kernel.org> wrote:
[...]
> > Yes, reasonably well written application will not have this problem.
> > That, however, requires an external synchronization and that's why
> > called it error prone and racy. I guess that was the main motivation for
> > that part of the man page.
> 
> What requires external synchronization? I still don't understand at
> all what you're talking about.
> 
> The following code:
> 
> void *try_to_alloc_addr(void *hint, size_t len) {
>   char *x = mmap(hint, len, ...);
>   if (x == MAP_FAILED) return NULL;
>   if (x == hint) return x;

Any other thread can modify the address space at this moment. Just
consider that another thread would does mmap(x, MAP_FIXED) (or any other
address overlapping [x, x+len] range) becaus it is seemingly safe as x
!= hint. This will succeed and ...
>   munmap(x, len);
... now you are munmaping somebody's else memory range

>   return NULL;

Do code _is_ buggy but it is not obvious at all.

> }
> 
> has no need for any form of external synchronization.

If the above mmap/munmap section was protected by a lock and _all_ other
mmaps (direct or indirect) would use the same lock then you are safe
against that.
-- 
Michal Hocko
SUSE Labs

  reply	other threads:[~2018-04-16 19:57 UTC|newest]

Thread overview: 24+ messages / expand[flat|nested]  mbox.gz  Atom feed  top
2018-04-12 15:39 Jann Horn
2018-04-12 18:32 ` Michael Kerrisk (man-pages)
2018-04-12 18:33 ` John Hubbard
2018-04-12 18:37   ` Michael Kerrisk (man-pages)
2018-04-12 18:49     ` Jann Horn
2018-04-12 18:59       ` John Hubbard
2018-04-12 19:18         ` Jann Horn
2018-04-12 19:24           ` John Hubbard
2018-04-13  6:43             ` Michael Kerrisk (man-pages)
2018-04-13  6:49               ` Michal Hocko
2018-04-13 15:04                 ` Jann Horn
2018-04-13 16:04                   ` Michal Hocko
2018-04-13 16:05                     ` Jann Horn
2018-04-13 16:17                       ` Jann Horn
2018-04-16 10:07                         ` Michal Hocko
2018-04-16 13:55                           ` Jann Horn
2018-04-16 19:18                             ` Michal Hocko
2018-04-16 19:30                               ` Jann Horn
2018-04-16 19:57                                 ` Michal Hocko [this message]
2018-04-16 20:17                                   ` Jann Horn
2018-04-16 21:11                                     ` Michal Hocko
2018-04-16 21:12                                       ` Jann Horn
2018-04-17  6:23                                         ` Michal Hocko
2018-05-02 13:06                                       ` Michael Kerrisk (man-pages)

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