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    mm: remove gup_flags FOLL_WRITE games from __get_user_pages() · 89eeba15
    Linus Torvalds authored
    commit 19be0eaffa3ac7d8eb6784ad9bdbc7d67ed8e619 upstream.
    
    This is an ancient bug that was actually attempted to be fixed once
    (badly) by me eleven years ago in commit 4ceb5db9 ("Fix
    get_user_pages() race for write access") but that was then undone due to
    problems on s390 by commit f33ea7f4 ("fix get_user_pages bug").
    
    In the meantime, the s390 situation has long been fixed, and we can now
    fix it by checking the pte_dirty() bit properly (and do it better).  The
    s390 dirty bit was implemented in abf09bed ("s390/mm: implement
    software dirty bits") which made it into v3.9.  Earlier kernels will
    have to look at the page state itself.
    
    Also, the VM has become more scalable, and what used a purely
    theoretical race back then has become easier to trigger.
    
    To fix it, we introduce a new internal FOLL_COW flag to mark the "yes,
    we already did a COW" rather than play racy games with FOLL_WRITE that
    is very fundamental, and then use the pte dirty flag to validate that
    the FOLL_COW flag is still valid.
    Reported-and-tested-by: 's avatarPhil "not Paul" Oester <kernel@linuxace.com>
    Acked-by: 's avatarHugh Dickins <hughd@google.com>
    Reviewed-by: 's avatarMichal Hocko <mhocko@suse.com>
    Cc: Andy Lutomirski <luto@kernel.org>
    Cc: Kees Cook <keescook@chromium.org>
    Cc: Oleg Nesterov <oleg@redhat.com>
    Cc: Willy Tarreau <w@1wt.eu>
    Cc: Nick Piggin <npiggin@gmail.com>
    Cc: Greg Thelen <gthelen@google.com>
    Signed-off-by: 's avatarLinus Torvalds <torvalds@linux-foundation.org>
    Signed-off-by: 's avatarGreg Kroah-Hartman <gregkh@linuxfoundation.org>
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