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authorChristoph Lameter <>2013-09-21 21:56:34 +0000
committerGreg Kroah-Hartman <>2014-07-31 12:53:50 -0700
commita654d23f04adca40c74c4e820a6bf67fe9a187a1 (patch)
treeeac9fe6e657221f2603f5e9f808793b92845b581 /mm
parentefd39f7786aa4e7a847d5f8c9f5506e3b9ad6b38 (diff)
slab_common: Do not check for duplicate slab names
commit 3e374919b314f20e2a04f641ebc1093d758f66a4 upstream. SLUB can alias multiple slab kmem_create_requests to one slab cache to save memory and increase the cache hotness. As a result the name of the slab can be stale. Only check the name for duplicates if we are in debug mode where we do not merge multiple caches. This fixes the following problem reported by Jonathan Brassow: The problem with kmem_cache* is this: *) Assume CONFIG_SLUB is set 1) kmem_cache_create(name="foo-a") - creates new kmem_cache structure 2) kmem_cache_create(name="foo-b") - If identical cache characteristics, it will be merged with the previously created cache associated with "foo-a". The cache's refcount will be incremented and an alias will be created via sysfs_slab_alias(). 3) kmem_cache_destroy(<ptr>) - Attempting to destroy cache associated with "foo-a", but instead the refcount is simply decremented. I don't even think the sysfs aliases are ever removed... 4) kmem_cache_create(name="foo-a") - This FAILS because kmem_cache_sanity_check colides with the existing name ("foo-a") associated with the non-removed cache. This is a problem for RAID (specifically dm-raid) because the name used for the kmem_cache_create is ("raid%d-%p", level, mddev). If the cache persists for long enough, the memory address of an old mddev will be reused for a new mddev - causing an identical formulation of the cache name. Even though kmem_cache_destory had long ago been used to delete the old cache, the merging of caches has cause the name and cache of that old instance to be preserved and causes a colision (and thus failure) in kmem_cache_create(). I see this regularly in my testing. Reported-by: Jonathan Brassow <> Signed-off-by: Christoph Lameter <> Signed-off-by: Pekka Enberg <> Signed-off-by: Greg Kroah-Hartman <>
Diffstat (limited to 'mm')
1 files changed, 2 insertions, 0 deletions
diff --git a/mm/slab_common.c b/mm/slab_common.c
index 2d414508e9e..8b05120dfc0 100644
--- a/mm/slab_common.c
+++ b/mm/slab_common.c
@@ -55,6 +55,7 @@ static int kmem_cache_sanity_check(struct mem_cgroup *memcg, const char *name,
+#if !defined(CONFIG_SLUB) || !defined(CONFIG_SLUB_DEBUG_ON)
* For simplicity, we won't check this in the list of memcg
* caches. We have control over memcg naming, and if there
@@ -68,6 +69,7 @@ static int kmem_cache_sanity_check(struct mem_cgroup *memcg, const char *name,
s = NULL;
return -EINVAL;
WARN_ON(strchr(name, ' ')); /* It confuses parsers */