Hi Mark,

Cheers for the report. These things tend to be a pain to debug, but I've had
a go.

On Wed, Feb 14, 2018 at 12:02:54PM +0000, Mark Rutland wrote:
> As a heads-up, I hit the splat below when fuzzing v4.16-rc1 on arm64.
> Evidently, we get to finish_task_switch() with rq->prev_mm != NULL,
> despite rq->prev_mm having been freed. KASAN spots the dereference of
> mm->membarrier_state in membarrier_mm_sync_core_before_usermode(mm), but
> AFAICT the underlying issue is independent of the membarrier code, and
> we could get a splat on the subsequent mmdrop(mm).
> I've seen this once in ~2500 CPU hours of fuzzing, so it looks pretty
> difficult to hit, and I have no reproducer so far.
> Syzkaller report below, mirrored with Syzkaller log at [1]. If I hit
> this again, I'll upload new info there.

The interesting thing here is on the exit path:

> Freed by task 10882:
>  save_stack mm/kasan/kasan.c:447 [inline]
>  set_track mm/kasan/kasan.c:459 [inline]
>  __kasan_slab_free+0x114/0x220 mm/kasan/kasan.c:520
>  kasan_slab_free+0x10/0x18 mm/kasan/kasan.c:527
>  slab_free_hook mm/slub.c:1393 [inline]
>  slab_free_freelist_hook mm/slub.c:1414 [inline]
>  slab_free mm/slub.c:2968 [inline]
>  kmem_cache_free+0x88/0x270 mm/slub.c:2990
>  __mmdrop+0x164/0x248 kernel/fork.c:604

^^ This should never run, because there's an mmgrab() about 8 lines above
the mmput() in exit_mm.

>  mmdrop+0x50/0x60 kernel/fork.c:615
>  __mmput kernel/fork.c:981 [inline]
>  mmput+0x270/0x338 kernel/fork.c:992
>  exit_mm kernel/exit.c:544 [inline]

Looking at exit_mm:

        BUG_ON(mm != current->active_mm);
        /* more a memory barrier than a real lock */
        current->mm = NULL;
        enter_lazy_tlb(mm, current);

Then the comment already rings some alarm bells: our spin_lock (as used
by task_lock) has ACQUIRE semantics, so the mmgrab (which is unordered
due to being an atomic_inc) can be reordered with respect to the assignment
of NULL to current->mm.

If the exit()ing task had recently migrated from another CPU, then that
CPU could concurrently run context_switch() and take this path:

        if (!prev->mm) {
                prev->active_mm = NULL;
                rq->prev_mm = oldmm;

which then means finish_task_switch will call mmdrop():

        struct mm_struct *mm = rq->prev_mm;
        if (mm) {

note that KASAN will be ok at this point, but it explains how the exit_mm
path ends up freeing the mm. Then, when the exit()ing CPU calls
context_switch, *it* will explode accessing the freed mm.

Easiest way to fix this is by guaranteeing the barrier semantics in the
exit path. Patch below. I guess we'll have to wait another 2500 hours to
see if it works :)



diff --git a/kernel/exit.c b/kernel/exit.c
index 995453d9fb55..f91e8d56b03f 100644
--- a/kernel/exit.c
+++ b/kernel/exit.c
@@ -534,8 +534,9 @@ static void exit_mm(void)
        BUG_ON(mm != current->active_mm);
-       /* more a memory barrier than a real lock */
+       /* Ensure we've grabbed the mm before setting current->mm to NULL */
+       smp_mb__after_spin_lock();
        current->mm = NULL;
        enter_lazy_tlb(mm, current);

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