Breakage in "track dev_mapping in more robust and flexible way"

Thomas Hellström thellstrom at
Thu Oct 25 11:27:07 PDT 2012

On 10/25/12 7:12 PM, Ilija Hadzic wrote:
> On Thu, Oct 25, 2012 at 11:10 AM, Thomas Hellström
> <thellstrom at> wrote:
>> On 10/25/12 4:41 PM, Jerome Glisse wrote:
>>> On Thu, Oct 25, 2012 at 04:02:25PM +0200, Thomas Hellstrom wrote:
>>>> Hi,
>>>> This commit
>>>>   From 949c4a34afacfe800fc442afac117aba15284962 Mon Sep 17 00:00:00 2001
>>>> From: Ilija Hadzic <ihadzic at>
>>>> Date: Tue, 15 May 2012 16:40:10 -0400
>>>> Subject: [PATCH] drm: track dev_mapping in more robust and flexible way
>>>> Setting dev_mapping (pointer to the address_space structure
>>>> used for memory mappings) to the address_space of the first
>>>> opener's inode and then failing if other openers come in
>>>> through a different inode has a few restrictions that are
>>>> eliminated by this patch.
>>>> If we already have valid dev_mapping and we spot an opener
>>>> with different i_node, we force its i_mapping pointer to the
>>>> already established address_space structure (first opener's
>>>> inode). This will make all mappings from drm device hang off
>>>> the same address_space object.
>>>> ...
>>>> Breaks drivers using TTM, since when the X server calls into the
>>>> driver open, drm's dev_mapping has not
>>>> yet been setup. The setup needs to be moved before the driver's open
>>>> hook is called.
>>>> Typically, if a TTM-aware driver is provoked by the Xorg server to
>>>> move a buffer from system to VRAM or AGP,
>>>> before any other drm client is started, The user-space page table
>>>> entries are not killed before the move, and left pointing
>>>> into freed pages, causing system crashes and / or user-space access
>>>> to arbitrary memory.
>>> Doesn't handle move invalidate the drm file mapping before scheduling
>>> the move ?
>> Yes, but to do that it needs a correct value of bdev::dev_mapping, which is
>> now incorrectly set on the
>> *second* open instead of the first open.
> So you are implying that in the first open the assignment of dev->dev_mapping is
> somehow skipped (which could happen if drm_setup returns an error) or that the
> driver on which you are having problems with (nouveau I presume) needs
> dev_mapping
> in the firstopen hook ?
No. On open, driver::open is called from drm::open. It copies the value 
of dev->dev_mapping, however,
driver::open is called *before* dev->dev_mapping is set up, so what I'm 
saying is that the setup of
dev->dev_mapping must be moved to before driver::open is called from 

(this was hit while testing vmwgfx with new code, BTW. It will be hard, 
but probably possible to trigger
from unpriviliged user-space with the current vmwgfx code.


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