[PATCH v4 0/3] mm, treewide: Rename kzfree() to kfree_sensitive()

Michal Hocko mhocko at kernel.org
Wed Jun 17 13:31:57 CEST 2020

On Wed 17-06-20 04:08:20, Matthew Wilcox wrote:
> On Wed, Jun 17, 2020 at 09:12:12AM +0200, Michal Hocko wrote:
> > On Tue 16-06-20 17:37:11, Matthew Wilcox wrote:
> > > Not just performance critical, but correctness critical.  Since kvfree()
> > > may allocate from the vmalloc allocator, I really think that kvfree()
> > > should assert that it's !in_atomic().  Otherwise we can get into trouble
> > > if we end up calling vfree() and have to take the mutex.
> > 
> > FWIW __vfree already checks for atomic context and put the work into a
> > deferred context. So this should be safe. It should be used as a last
> > resort, though.
> Actually, it only checks for in_interrupt().

You are right. I have misremembered. You have made me look (thanks) ...

> If you call vfree() under
> a spinlock, you're in trouble.  in_atomic() only knows if we hold a
> spinlock for CONFIG_PREEMPT, so it's not safe to check for in_atomic()
> in __vfree().  So we need the warning in order that preempt people can
> tell those without that there is a bug here.

... Unless I am missing something in_interrupt depends on preempt_count() as
well so neither of the two is reliable without PREEMPT_COUNT configured.

Michal Hocko

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