cvs commit: src/sys/vm device_pager.c phys_pager.c swap_pager.c vm_pager.c

Alan Cox alc at
Sun Aug 5 14:04:33 PDT 2007

alc         2007-08-05 21:04:32 UTC

  FreeBSD src repository

  Modified files:
    sys/vm               device_pager.c phys_pager.c swap_pager.c 
  Consider a scenario in which one processor, call it Pt, is performing
  vm_object_terminate() on a device-backed object at the same time that
  another processor, call it Pa, is performing dev_pager_alloc() on the
  same device.  The problem is that vm_pager_object_lookup() should not be
  allowed to return a doomed object, i.e., an object with OBJ_DEAD set,
  but it does.  In detail, the unfortunate sequence of events is: Pt in
  vm_object_terminate() holds the doomed object's lock and sets OBJ_DEAD
  on the object.  Pa in dev_pager_alloc() holds dev_pager_sx and calls
  vm_pager_object_lookup(), which returns the doomed object.  Next, Pa
  calls vm_object_reference(), which requires the doomed object's lock, so
  Pa waits for Pt to release the doomed object's lock.  Pt proceeds to the
  point in vm_object_terminate() where it releases the doomed object's
  lock.  Pa is now able to complete vm_object_reference() because it can
  now complete the acquisition of the doomed object's lock.  So, now the
  doomed object has a reference count of one!  Pa releases dev_pager_sx
  and returns the doomed object from dev_pager_alloc().  Pt now acquires
  dev_pager_mtx, removes the doomed object from dev_pager_object_list,
  releases dev_pager_mtx, and finally calls uma_zfree with the doomed
  object.  However, the doomed object is still in use by Pa.
  Repeating my key point, vm_pager_object_lookup() must not return a
  doomed object.  Moreover, the test for the object's state, i.e.,
  doomed or not, and the increment of the object's reference count
  should be carried out atomically.
  Reviewed by:    kib
  Approved by:    re (kensmith)
  MFC after:      3 weeks
  Revision  Changes    Path
  1.82      +0 -4      src/sys/vm/device_pager.c
  1.27      +0 -4      src/sys/vm/phys_pager.c
  1.295     +1 -3      src/sys/vm/swap_pager.c
  1.108     +19 -7     src/sys/vm/vm_pager.c

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