Michal Hocko wrote:
> + * Checks whether a page fault on the given mm is still reliable.
> + * This is no longer true if the oom reaper started to reap the
> + * address space which is reflected by MMF_UNSTABLE flag set in
> + * the mm. At that moment any !shared mapping would lose the content
> + * and could cause a memory corruption (zero pages instead of the
> + * original content).
> + *
> + * User should call this before establishing a page table entry for
> + * a !shared mapping and under the proper page table lock.
> + *
> + * Return 0 when the PF is safe VM_FAULT_SIGBUS otherwise.
> + */
> +static inline int check_stable_address_space(struct mm_struct *mm)
> + if (unlikely(test_bit(MMF_UNSTABLE, &mm->flags)))
> + return VM_FAULT_SIGBUS;
> + return 0;
Will you explain the mechanism why random values are written instead of zeros
so that this patch can actually fix the race problem? I consider that writing
random values (though it seems like portion of process image) instead of zeros
to a file might cause a security problem, and the patch that fixes it should be
able to be backported to stable kernels.