memcg: remove incorrect underflow check

When a memcg is deleted mem_cgroup_reparent_charges() moves charged
memory to the parent memcg.  As of v3.11-9444-g3ea67d0 "memcg: add per
cgroup writeback pages accounting" there's bad pointer read.  The goal
was to check for counter underflow.  The counter is a per cpu counter
and there are two problems with the code:

 (1) per cpu access function isn't used, instead a naked pointer is used
     which easily causes oops.
 (2) the check doesn't sum all cpus

  $ cd /sys/fs/cgroup/memory
  $ mkdir x
  $ echo 3 > /proc/sys/vm/drop_caches
  $ (echo $BASHPID >> x/tasks && exec cat) &
  [1] 7154
  $ grep ^mapped x/memory.stat
  mapped_file 53248
  $ echo 7154 > tasks
  $ rmdir x

The fix is to remove the check.  It's currently dangerous and isn't
worth fixing it to use something expensive, such as
percpu_counter_sum(), for each reparented page.  __this_cpu_read() isn't
enough to fix this because there's no guarantees of the current cpus
count.  The only guarantees is that the sum of all per-cpu counter is >=

Fixes: 3ea67d06e467 ("memcg: add per cgroup writeback pages accounting")
Reported-and-tested-by: Flavio Leitner <>
Signed-off-by: Greg Thelen <>
Reviewed-by: Sha Zhengju <>
Acked-by: Johannes Weiner <>
Signed-off-by: Hugh Dickins <>
Signed-off-by: Linus Torvalds <>
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