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Date: Mon, 17 Jul 2017 10:54:59 -0700
From: Matthew Wilcox <>
To: Alexander Popov <>
Cc: Christoph Lameter <>, Pekka Enberg <>,
	David Rientjes <>,
	Joonsoo Kim <>,
	Andrew Morton <>,,,,
Subject: Re: [PATCH 1/1] mm/slub.c: add a naive detection of double free or

On Mon, Jul 17, 2017 at 07:45:07PM +0300, Alexander Popov wrote:
> Add an assertion similar to "fasttop" check in GNU C Library allocator:
> an object added to a singly linked freelist should not point to itself.
> That helps to detect some double free errors (e.g. CVE-2017-2636) without
> slub_debug and KASAN. Testing with hackbench doesn't show any noticeable
> performance penalty.

>  {
> +	BUG_ON(object == fp); /* naive detection of double free or corruption */
>  	*(void **)(object + s->offset) = fp;
>  }

Is BUG() the best response to this situation?  If it's a corruption, then
yes, but if we spot a double-free, then surely we should WARN() and return
without doing anything?

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