>>> May 10 17:31:49 sgi01 kernel: XFS (sdb): Mounting Filesystem
>>> May 10 17:31:49 sgi01 kernel: XFS (sdb): Ending clean mount
>>> May 10 17:33:00 sgi01 kernel: BUG: unable to handle kernel NULL
>>> pointer dereference at (null)
>>> May 10 17:33:00 sgi01 kernel: IP: [<ffffffffa07f5483>]
>>> xfs_alloc_ioend_bio+0x33/0x50 [xfs]
> Oh, there is a bio allocation path to return NULL:
> bvec_alloc_bs(gfp_mask, nr_iovecs, ) => NULL when nr_iovecs> BIO_MAX_PAGES
> bio_alloc_bioset(gfp_mask, nr_iovecs, ...)
> bio_alloc(GFP_NOIO, nvecs)
> And nvecs/nr_iovecs is obtained by bio_get_nr_vecs(), which does not check for
> BIO_MAX_PAGES. Of course, all of that only happens with large IO sizes,
> which is exactly what I'm doing.
> As xfs_alloc_ioend_bio() is using GFP_NOIO it does not expect bio_alloc
> to fail, but as I'm trying to send large IOs I guess that is exactly what
> happens here.
I see that Kent already fixed an overflow issue
in commit 5abebfdd02450fa1349daacf242e70b3736581e3. But even with this commit,
bio_get_nr_vecs() still only checks for queue_max_segments(). As we have a
of 2048 segments, that does not help much here.
After cherry-picking 5abebfdd02450fa1349daacf242e70b3736581e3 and applying the
below, I didn't run into panics / NULL pointer dereferences anymore.
bio: bio_get_nr_vecs() must not return more than BIO_MAX_PAGES
From: Bernd Schubert <bernd.schubert@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx>
The number of bio_get_nr_vecs() is passed down via bio_alloc() to
bvec_alloc_bs(), which fails the bio allocation if
nr_iovecs > BIO_MAX_PAGES. For the underlying caller this causes an
unexpected bio allocation failure.
Limiting to queue_max_segments() is not sufficient, as max_segments
also might be very large.
bvec_alloc_bs(gfp_mask, nr_iovecs, ) => NULL when nr_iovecs > BIO_MAX_PAGES
bio_alloc_bioset(gfp_mask, nr_iovecs, ...)
Signed-off-by: Bernd Schubert <bernd.schubert@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx>
fs/bio.c | 7 ++++++-
1 file changed, 6 insertions(+), 1 deletion(-)
diff --git a/fs/bio.c b/fs/bio.c
index e453924..84da885 100644
@@ -505,9 +505,14 @@ EXPORT_SYMBOL(bio_clone);
int bio_get_nr_vecs(struct block_device *bdev)
struct request_queue *q = bdev_get_queue(bdev);
- return min_t(unsigned,
+ int nr_pages;
+ nr_pages = min_t(unsigned,
queue_max_sectors(q) / (PAGE_SIZE >> 9) + 1);
+ return min_t(unsigned, nr_pages, BIO_MAX_PAGES);