Commit 246bb0b1 authored by Oleg Nesterov's avatar Oleg Nesterov Committed by Linus Torvalds

kill PF_BORROWED_MM in favour of PF_KTHREAD

Kill PF_BORROWED_MM.  Change use_mm/unuse_mm to not play with ->flags, and
do s/PF_BORROWED_MM/PF_KTHREAD/ for a couple of other users.

No functional changes yet.  But this allows us to do further

oom_kill/ptrace/etc often check "p->mm != NULL" to filter out the
kthreads, this is wrong because of use_mm().  The problem with
PF_BORROWED_MM is that we need task_lock() to avoid races.  With this
patch we can check PF_KTHREAD directly, or use a simple lockless helper:

	/* The result must not be dereferenced !!! */
	struct mm_struct *__get_task_mm(struct task_struct *tsk)
		if (tsk->flags & PF_KTHREAD)
			return NULL;
		return tsk->mm;

Note also ecard_task().  It runs with ->mm != NULL, but it's the kernel
thread without PF_BORROWED_MM.
Signed-off-by: default avatarOleg Nesterov <>
Cc: Roland McGrath <>
Signed-off-by: default avatarAndrew Morton <>
Signed-off-by: default avatarLinus Torvalds <>
parent 7b34e428
......@@ -586,7 +586,6 @@ static void use_mm(struct mm_struct *mm)
struct task_struct *tsk = current;
tsk->flags |= PF_BORROWED_MM;
active_mm = tsk->active_mm;
tsk->mm = mm;
......@@ -610,7 +609,6 @@ static void unuse_mm(struct mm_struct *mm)
struct task_struct *tsk = current;
tsk->flags &= ~PF_BORROWED_MM;
tsk->mm = NULL;
/* active_mm is still 'mm' */
enter_lazy_tlb(mm, tsk);
......@@ -1483,7 +1483,6 @@ static inline void put_task_struct(struct task_struct *t)
#define PF_EXITING 0x00000004 /* getting shut down */
#define PF_EXITPIDONE 0x00000008 /* pi exit done on shut down */
#define PF_VCPU 0x00000010 /* I'm a virtual CPU */
#define PF_KTHREAD 0x00000020 /* I am a kernel thread */
#define PF_FORKNOEXEC 0x00000040 /* forked but didn't exec */
#define PF_SUPERPRIV 0x00000100 /* used super-user privileges */
#define PF_DUMPCORE 0x00000200 /* dumped core */
......@@ -1497,7 +1496,7 @@ static inline void put_task_struct(struct task_struct *t)
#define PF_KSWAPD 0x00040000 /* I am kswapd */
#define PF_SWAPOFF 0x00080000 /* I am in swapoff */
#define PF_LESS_THROTTLE 0x00100000 /* Throttle me less: I clean memory */
#define PF_BORROWED_MM 0x00200000 /* I am a kthread doing use_mm */
#define PF_KTHREAD 0x00200000 /* I am a kernel thread */
#define PF_RANDOMIZE 0x00400000 /* randomize virtual address space */
#define PF_SWAPWRITE 0x00800000 /* Allowed to write to swap */
#define PF_SPREAD_PAGE 0x01000000 /* Spread page cache over cpuset */
......@@ -474,7 +474,7 @@ EXPORT_SYMBOL_GPL(mmput);
* get_task_mm - acquire a reference to the task's mm
* Returns %NULL if the task has no mm. Checks PF_BORROWED_MM (meaning
* Returns %NULL if the task has no mm. Checks PF_KTHREAD (meaning
* this kernel workthread has transiently adopted a user mm with use_mm,
* to do its AIO) is not set and if so returns a reference to it, after
* bumping up the use count. User must release the mm via mmput()
......@@ -487,7 +487,7 @@ struct mm_struct *get_task_mm(struct task_struct *task)
mm = task->mm;
if (mm) {
if (task->flags & PF_BORROWED_MM)
if (task->flags & PF_KTHREAD)
mm = NULL;
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