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Date: Fri, 17 May 2019 09:27:54 -0700
From: Kees Cook <keescook@...omium.org>
To: Michal Hocko <mhocko@...nel.org>
Cc: Alexander Potapenko <glider@...gle.com>,
	Andrew Morton <akpm@...ux-foundation.org>,
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Subject: Re: [PATCH v2 3/4] gfp: mm: introduce __GFP_NO_AUTOINIT

On Fri, May 17, 2019 at 04:01:08PM +0200, Michal Hocko wrote:
> On Fri 17-05-19 15:37:14, Alexander Potapenko wrote:
> > > > > Freeing a memory is an opt-in feature and the slab allocator can already
> > > > > tell many (with constructor or GFP_ZERO) do not need it.
> > > > Sorry, I didn't understand this piece. Could you please elaborate?
> > >
> > > The allocator can assume that caches with a constructor will initialize
> > > the object so additional zeroying is not needed. GFP_ZERO should be self
> > > explanatory.
> > Ah, I see. We already do that, see the want_init_on_alloc()
> > implementation here: https://patchwork.kernel.org/patch/10943087/
> > > > > So can we go without this gfp thing and see whether somebody actually
> > > > > finds a performance problem with the feature enabled and think about
> > > > > what can we do about it rather than add this maint. nightmare from the
> > > > > very beginning?
> > > >
> > > > There were two reasons to introduce this flag initially.
> > > > The first was double initialization of pages allocated for SLUB.
> > >
> > > Could you elaborate please?
> > When the kernel allocates an object from SLUB, and SLUB happens to be
> > short on free pages, it requests some from the page allocator.
> > Those pages are initialized by the page allocator
> 
> ... when the feature is enabled ...
> 
> > and split into objects. Finally SLUB initializes one of the available
> > objects and returns it back to the kernel.
> > Therefore the object is initialized twice for the first time (when it
> > comes directly from the page allocator).
> > This cost is however amortized by SLUB reusing the object after it's been freed.
> 
> OK, I see what you mean now. Is there any way to special case the page
> allocation for this feature? E.g. your implementation tries to make this
> zeroying special but why cannot you simply do this
> 
> 
> struct page *
> ____alloc_pages_nodemask(gfp_t gfp_mask, unsigned int order, int preferred_nid,
> 							nodemask_t *nodemask)
> {
> 	//current implementation
> }
> 
> struct page *
> __alloc_pages_nodemask(gfp_t gfp_mask, unsigned int order, int preferred_nid,
> 							nodemask_t *nodemask)
> {
> 	if (your_feature_enabled)
> 		gfp_mask |= __GFP_ZERO;
> 	return ____alloc_pages_nodemask(gfp_mask, order, preferred_nid,
> 					nodemask);
> }
> 
> and use ____alloc_pages_nodemask from the slab or other internal
> allocators?

If an additional allocator function is preferred over a new GFP flag, then
I don't see any reason not to do this. (Though adding more "__"s seems
a bit unfriendly to code-documentation.) What might be better naming?

This would mean that the skb changes later in the series would use the
"no auto init" version of the allocator too, then.

-- 
Kees Cook

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