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authorJohannes Weiner <>2017-10-13 15:58:05 -0700
committerLinus Torvalds <>2017-10-13 16:18:32 -0700
commitb8c8a338f75e052d9fa2fed851259320af412e3f (patch)
parentef4650144e76ae361fe4b8c9a0afcd53074cd520 (diff)
Revert "vmalloc: back off when the current task is killed"
This reverts commits 5d17a73a2ebe ("vmalloc: back off when the current task is killed") and 171012f56127 ("mm: don't warn when vmalloc() fails due to a fatal signal"). Commit 5d17a73a2ebe ("vmalloc: back off when the current task is killed") made all vmalloc allocations from a signal-killed task fail. We have seen crashes in the tty driver from this, where a killed task exiting tries to switch back to N_TTY, fails n_tty_open because of the vmalloc failing, and later crashes when dereferencing tty->disc_data. Arguably, relying on a vmalloc() call to succeed in order to properly exit a task is not the most robust way of doing things. There will be a follow-up patch to the tty code to fall back to the N_NULL ldisc. But the justification to make that vmalloc() call fail like this isn't convincing, either. The patch mentions an OOM victim exhausting the memory reserves and thus deadlocking the machine. But the OOM killer is only one, improbable source of fatal signals. It doesn't make sense to fail allocations preemptively with plenty of memory in most cases. The patch doesn't mention real-life instances where vmalloc sites would exhaust memory, which makes it sound more like a theoretical issue to begin with. But just in case, the OOM access to memory reserves has been restricted on the allocator side in cd04ae1e2dc8 ("mm, oom: do not rely on TIF_MEMDIE for memory reserves access"), which should take care of any theoretical concerns on that front. Revert this patch, and the follow-up that suppresses the allocation warnings when we fail the allocations due to a signal. Link: Fixes: 171012f56127 ("mm: don't warn when vmalloc() fails due to a fatal signal") Signed-off-by: Johannes Weiner <> Acked-by: Vlastimil Babka <> Acked-by: Michal Hocko <> Cc: Alan Cox <> Cc: Christoph Hellwig <> Cc: Dmitry Vyukov <> Cc: <> Signed-off-by: Andrew Morton <> Signed-off-by: Linus Torvalds <>
1 files changed, 0 insertions, 6 deletions
diff --git a/mm/vmalloc.c b/mm/vmalloc.c
index 8a43db6284eb..673942094328 100644
--- a/mm/vmalloc.c
+++ b/mm/vmalloc.c
@@ -1695,11 +1695,6 @@ static void *__vmalloc_area_node(struct vm_struct *area, gfp_t gfp_mask,
for (i = 0; i < area->nr_pages; i++) {
struct page *page;
- if (fatal_signal_pending(current)) {
- area->nr_pages = i;
- goto fail_no_warn;
- }
if (node == NUMA_NO_NODE)
page = alloc_page(alloc_mask|highmem_mask);
@@ -1723,7 +1718,6 @@ fail:
warn_alloc(gfp_mask, NULL,
"vmalloc: allocation failure, allocated %ld of %ld bytes",
(area->nr_pages*PAGE_SIZE), area->size);
return NULL;