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Subject[BUG] mm: thp: hugepage_vma_check has a blind spot
hugepage_vma_check is called during khugepaged_scan_mm_slot to ensure
that khugepaged doesn't try to allocate THPs in vmas where they are
disallowed, either due to THPs being disabled system-wide, or through

The logic that hugepage_vma_check uses doesn't seem to cover all cases,
in my opinion. Looking at the original code:

if ((!(vma->vm_flags & VM_HUGEPAGE) && !khugepaged_always()) ||
(vma->vm_flags & VM_NOHUGEPAGE))

We can see that it's possible to have THP disabled system-wide, but still
receive THPs in this vma. It seems that it's assumed that just because
khugepaged_always == false, TRANSPARENT_HUGEPAGE_REQ_MADV_FLAG must be
set, which is not the case. We could have VM_HUGEPAGE set, but have THP
set to "never" system-wide, in which case, the condition presented in the
if will evaluate to false, and (provided the other checks pass) we can
end up giving out a THP even though the behavior is set to "never."

While we do properly check these flags in khugepaged_has_work, it looks
like it's possible to sleep after we check khugepaged_hask_work, but
before hugepage_vma_check, during which time, hugepages could have been
disabled system-wide, in which case, we could hand out THPs when we
shouldn't be.

This small fix makes hugepage_vma_check work more like
transparent_hugepage_enabled, checking if THPs are set to "always"
system-wide, then checking if THPs are set to "madvise," as well as
making sure that VM_HUGEPAGE is set for this vma.

Signed-off-by: Alex Thorlton <>
Reported-by: Alex Thorlton <>
Cc: Andrew Morton <>
Cc: Mel Gorman <>
Cc: Rik van Riel <>
Cc: Ingo Molnar <>
Cc: Peter Zijlstra <>

mm/huge_memory.c | 3 ++-
1 file changed, 2 insertions(+), 1 deletion(-)

diff --git a/mm/huge_memory.c b/mm/huge_memory.c
index 95d1acb..f62fba9 100644
--- a/mm/huge_memory.c
+++ b/mm/huge_memory.c
@@ -2394,7 +2394,8 @@ static struct page

static bool hugepage_vma_check(struct vm_area_struct *vma)
- if ((!(vma->vm_flags & VM_HUGEPAGE) && !khugepaged_always()) ||
+ if ((!khugepaged_always() ||
+ (!(vma->vm_flags & VM_HUGEPAGE) && !khugepaged_req_madv())) ||
(vma->vm_flags & VM_NOHUGEPAGE))
return false;


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