Commit fe3b4152 authored by Kirill A. Shutemov's avatar Kirill A. Shutemov Committed by Riku Voipio

linux-user: Rewrite mmap_find_vma() to work fine on 64-bit hosts with 32-bit targets

qemu's page table can be incomple if /proc/self/maps is unavailable or
host allocating a memory with mmap(), so we can't use it to find free
memory area.

New version mmap_find_vma() uses mmap() without MAP_FIXED to find free

Tested-by: Martin Mohring <> :

quite some time ago this patch had been sent by Kirill to the QEMU ml.
At that time, the patch was rejected. Now we found out why the current
user mode memory allocator sometimes fails:

- Kernel Bug  linux/fs/proc/task_mmu.c (fixed after 2.6.27)
- use of proc file system to find memory mappings => bad idea

So I please apply the attached patch from Kirill to qemu to fix this
longstanding bug, because it causes all older linux distros (using
kernel 2.6.26 or older) to fail the QEMU memory allocator in user mode.
Signed-off-by: default avatarKirill A. Shutemov <>
Signed-off-by: default avatarRiku Voipio <>
parent 12727917
......@@ -273,52 +273,59 @@ static abi_ulong mmap_next_start = 0x40000000;
unsigned long last_brk;
/* find a free memory area of size 'size'. The search starts at
'start'. If 'start' == 0, then a default start address is used.
Return -1 if error.
/* page_init() marks pages used by the host as reserved to be sure not
to use them. */
* Find and reserve a free memory area of size 'size'. The search
* starts at 'start'.
* It must be called with mmap_lock() held.
* Return -1 if error.
abi_ulong mmap_find_vma(abi_ulong start, abi_ulong size)
abi_ulong addr, addr1, addr_start;
int prot;
unsigned long new_brk;
new_brk = (unsigned long)sbrk(0);
if (last_brk && last_brk < new_brk && last_brk == (target_ulong)last_brk) {
/* This is a hack to catch the host allocating memory with brk().
If it uses mmap then we loose.
FIXME: We really want to avoid the host allocating memory in
the first place, and maybe leave some slack to avoid switching
to mmap. */
page_set_flags(last_brk & TARGET_PAGE_MASK,
last_brk = new_brk;
void *ptr;
abi_ulong addr;
size = HOST_PAGE_ALIGN(size);
start = start & qemu_host_page_mask;
start &= qemu_host_page_mask;
/* If 'start' == 0, then a default start address is used. */
if (start == 0)
start = mmap_next_start;
addr = start;
if (addr == 0)
addr = mmap_next_start;
addr_start = addr;
for(;;) {
prot = 0;
for(addr1 = addr; addr1 < (addr + size); addr1 += TARGET_PAGE_SIZE) {
prot |= page_get_flags(addr1);
if (prot == 0)
* Reserve needed memory area to avoid a race.
* It should be discarded using:
* - mmap() with MAP_FIXED flag
* - mremap() with MREMAP_FIXED flag
* - shmat() with SHM_REMAP flag
ptr = mmap((void *)(unsigned long)addr, size, PROT_NONE,
/* ENOMEM, if host address space has no memory */
if (ptr == MAP_FAILED)
return (abi_ulong)-1;
/* If address fits target address space we've found what we need */
if ((unsigned long)ptr + size - 1 <= (abi_ulong)-1)
/* Unmap and try again with new page */
munmap(ptr, size);
addr += qemu_host_page_size;
/* we found nothing */
if (addr == addr_start)
/* ENOMEM if we check whole of target address space */
if (addr == start)
return (abi_ulong)-1;
if (start == 0)
mmap_next_start = addr + size;
return addr;
/* Update default start address */
if (start == mmap_next_start)
mmap_next_start = (unsigned long)ptr + size;
return h2g(ptr);
/* NOTE: all the constants are the HOST ones */
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