On Sat, Mar 3, 2018 at 1:40 AM, Andrew Morton <a...@linux-foundation.org> wrote:
> On Sat, 3 Mar 2018 01:12:26 +0100 Daniel Vacek <ne...@redhat.com> wrote:
>> Commit b92df1de5d28 ("mm: page_alloc: skip over regions of invalid pfns
>> where possible") introduced a bug where move_freepages() triggers a
>> VM_BUG_ON() on uninitialized page structure due to pageblock alignment.
> b92df1de5d28 was merged a year ago. Can you suggest why this hasn't
> been reported before now?
Yeah. I was surprised myself I couldn't find a fix to backport to
RHEL. But actually customers started to report this as soon as 7.4
(where b92df1de5d28 was merged in RHEL) was released. I remember
reports from September/October-ish times. It's not easily reproduced
and happens on a handful of machines only. I guess that's why. But
that does not make it less serious, I think.
Though there actually is a report here:
And there are reports for Fedora from July:
and CentOS: https://bugs.centos.org/view.php?id=13964
and we internally track several dozens reports for RHEL bug
> This makes me wonder whether a -stable backport is really needed...
For some machines it definitely is. Won't hurt either, IMHO.