Commit 03e5ac2f authored by Mikulas Patocka's avatar Mikulas Patocka Committed by Linus Torvalds
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mm: fix crash when using XFS on loopback

Commit 8456a648 ("slab: use struct page for slab management") causes
a crash in the LVM2 testsuite on PA-RISC (the crashing test is  The testsuite doesn't crash on 3.12, crashes on 3.13-rc1 and

 Bad Address (null pointer deref?): Code=15 regs=000000413edd89a0 (Addr=000006202224647d)
 CPU: 3 PID: 24008 Comm: loop0 Not tainted 3.13.0-rc6 #5
 task: 00000001bf3c0048 ti: 000000413edd8000 task.ti: 000000413edd8000

 PSW: 00001000000001101111100100001110 Not tainted
 r00-03  000000ff0806f90e 00000000405c8de0 000000004013e6c0 000000413edd83f0
 r04-07  00000000405a95e0 0000000000000200 00000001414735f0 00000001bf349e40
 r08-11  0000000010fe3d10 0000000000000001 00000040829c7778 000000413efd9000
 r12-15  0000000000000000 000000004060d800 0000000010fe3000 0000000010fe3000
 r16-19  000000413edd82a0 00000041078ddbc0 0000000000000010 0000000000000001
 r20-23  0008f3d0d83a8000 0000000000000000 00000040829c7778 0000000000000080
 r24-27  00000001bf349e40 00000001bf349e40 202d66202224640d 00000000405a95e0
 r28-31  202d662022246465 000000413edd88f0 000000413edd89a0 0000000000000001
 sr00-03  000000000532c000 0000000000000000 0000000000000000 000000000532c000
 sr04-07  0000000000000000 0000000000000000 0000000000000000 0000000000000000

 IASQ: 0000000000000000 0000000000000000 IAOQ: 00000000401fe42c 00000000401fe430
  IIR: 539c0030    ISR: 00000000202d6000  IOR: 000006202224647d
  CPU:        3   CR30: 000000413edd8000 CR31: 0000000000000000
  ORIG_R28: 00000000405a95e0
  IAOQ[0]: vma_interval_tree_iter_first+0x14/0x48
  IAOQ[1]: vma_interval_tree_iter_first+0x18/0x48
  RP(r2): flush_dcache_page+0x128/0x388
   lo_splice_actor+0x90/0x148 [loop]
   lo_direct_splice_actor+0x1c/0x70 [loop]
   lo_receive+0xe4/0x298 [loop]
   loop_thread+0x478/0x640 [loop]
   xfs_setsize_buftarg+0x0/0x90 [xfs]

 Kernel panic - not syncing: Bad Address (null pointer deref?)

Commit 8456a648

 changes the page structure so that the slab
subsystem reuses the page->mapping field.

The crash happens in the following way:
 * XFS allocates some memory from slab and issues a bio to read data
   into it.
 * the bio is sent to the loopback device.
 * lo_receive creates an actor and calls splice_direct_to_actor.
 * lo_splice_actor copies data to the target page.
 * lo_splice_actor calls flush_dcache_page because the page may be
   mapped by userspace.  In that case we need to flush the kernel cache.
 * flush_dcache_page asks for the list of userspace mappings, however
   that page->mapping field is reused by the slab subsystem for a
   different purpose.  This causes the crash.

Note that other architectures without coherent caches (sparc, arm, mips)
also call page_mapping from flush_dcache_page, so they may crash in the
same way.

This patch fixes this bug by testing if the page is a slab page in
page_mapping and returning NULL if it is.

The patch also fixes VM_BUG_ON(PageSlab(page)) that could happen in
earlier kernels in the same scenario on architectures without cache
coherence when CONFIG_DEBUG_VM is enabled - so it should be backported
to stable kernels.

In the old kernels, the function page_mapping is placed in
include/linux/mm.h, so you should modify the patch accordingly when
backporting it.
Signed-off-by: default avatarMikulas Patocka <>
Cc: John David Anglin <>]
Cc: Andi Kleen <>
Cc: Christoph Lameter <>
Acked-by: default avatarPekka Enberg <>
Reviewed-by: default avatarJoonsoo Kim <>
Cc: Helge Deller <>
Cc: <>
Signed-off-by: default avatarAndrew Morton <>
Signed-off-by: default avatarLinus Torvalds <>
parent 43a06847
......@@ -390,7 +390,10 @@ struct address_space *page_mapping(struct page *page)
struct address_space *mapping = page->mapping;
/* This happens if someone calls flush_dcache_page on slab page */
if (unlikely(PageSlab(page)))
return NULL;
if (unlikely(PageSwapCache(page))) {
swp_entry_t entry;
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