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[Xen-devel] Domain relinquish resources racing with p2m access

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  • From: "Andres Lagar-Cavilla" <andres@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx>
  • Date: Wed, 1 Feb 2012 12:49:24 -0800
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So we've run into this interesting (race?) condition while doing
stress-testing. We pummel the domain with paging, sharing and mmap
operations from dom0, and concurrently we launch a domain destruction.
Often we get in the logs something along these lines

(XEN) mm.c:958:d0 Error getting mfn 859b1a (pfn ffffffffffffffff) from L1
entry 8000000859b1a625 for l1e_owner=0, pg_owner=1

We're using the synchronized p2m patches just posted, so my analysis is as

- the domain destroy domctl kicks in. It calls relinquish resources. This
disowns and puts most domain pages, resulting in invalid (0xff...ff) m2p

- In parallel, a do_mmu_update is making progress, it has no issues
performing a p2m lookup because the p2m has not been torn down yet; we
haven't gotten to the RCU callback. Eventually, the mapping fails in
page_get_owner in get_pafe_from_l1e.

The map is failed, as expected, but what makes me uneasy is the fact that
there is a still active p2m lurking around, with seemingly valid
translations to valid mfn's, while all the domain pages are gone.

Is this a race condition? Can this lead to trouble?


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