Re: [PATCH] ia64: race flushing icache in COW path

From: Jason Baron <>
Date: 2006-07-14 05:16:02
On Thu, 13 Jul 2006, Luck, Tony wrote:

> From: Anil Keshavamurthy <>
> There is a race condition that showed up in a threaded JIT environment. The
> situation is that a process with a JIT code page forks, so the page is marked
> read-only, then some threads are created in the child.  One of the threads
> attempts to add a new code block to the JIT page, so a copy-on-write fault is
> taken, and the kernel allocates a new page, copies the data, installs the new
> pte, and then calls lazy_mmu_prot_update() to flush caches to make sure that
> the icache and dcache are in sync.  Unfortunately, the other thread runs right
> after the new pte is installed, but before the caches have been flushed. It
> tries to execute some old JIT code that was already in this page, but it sees
> some garbage in the i-cache from the previous users of the new physical page.
> Fix: we must make the caches consistent before installing the pte. This is
> an ia64 only fix because lazy_mmu_prot_update() is a no-op on all other
> architectures.
> Signed-off-by: Anil Keshavamurthy <>
> Signed-off-by: Tony Luck <>
> ---
> diff --git a/mm/memory.c b/mm/memory.c
> index dc0d82c..de8bc85 100644
> --- a/mm/memory.c
> +++ b/mm/memory.c
> @@ -1549,9 +1549,9 @@ gotten:
>  		flush_cache_page(vma, address, pte_pfn(orig_pte));
>  		entry = mk_pte(new_page, vma->vm_page_prot);
>  		entry = maybe_mkwrite(pte_mkdirty(entry), vma);
> +		lazy_mmu_prot_update(entry);
>  		ptep_establish(vma, address, page_table, entry);
>  		update_mmu_cache(vma, address, entry);
> -		lazy_mmu_prot_update(entry);
>  		lru_cache_add_active(new_page);
>  		page_add_new_anon_rmap(new_page, vma, address);
> -
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lazy_mmu_prot_update() is used in a number of other places *after* the pte 
is established. An explanation as to why this case is different, would be 


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