[Linux-ia64] flush_tlb_mm() bug fix

From: David Mosberger <davidm_at_napali.hpl.hp.com>
Date: 2002-11-14 17:12:42
The flush_tlb_mm() routine contained a long-standing bug back from the
days when SMP support was added to ia64 linux.  It causes seemingly
random and temporary memory "corruption" when a multi-threaded task
does a fork() on an SMP machine.  Note that both a conditions are
required: the bug doesn't trigger on UP machines or when fork() is
called from a single-threaded program.  Fortunately, there don't seem
to be all that many programs doing that (OK, if there were more
programs doing that, we would have found the bug earlier...).

A quick patch is below (for the 2.5 tree, 2.4 quick fix is analogous,
except that the change needs to be made in pgalloc.h:flush_tlb_mm()).
A cleaner and (supposedly) better-performing fix is in the 2.5
bitkeeper tree:


Thanks to Steve Goldman and Hans Boehm for helping to identify and
track down the bug



===== include/asm-ia64/tlbflush.h 1.3 vs edited =====
--- 1.3/include/asm-ia64/tlbflush.h	Fri Aug  9 17:16:44 2002
+++ edited/include/asm-ia64/tlbflush.h	Wed Nov 13 11:47:37 2002
@@ -39,6 +39,11 @@
 	if (mm) {
 		mm->context = 0;
+#ifdef CONFIG_SMP
+		if (atomic_read(&mm->mm_users) > 1)
+			flush_tlb_all();
+		else
 		if (mm == current->active_mm) {
 			/* This is called, e.g., as a result of exec().  */
Received on Wed Nov 13 22:14:14 2002

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