mm: page_mkclean vs MADV_DONTNEED race

MADV_DONTNEED is handled with mmap_sem taken in read mode.  We call
page_mkclean without holding mmap_sem.

MADV_DONTNEED implies that pages in the region are unmapped and subsequent
access to the pages in that range is handled as a new page fault.  This
implies that if we don't have parallel access to the region when
MADV_DONTNEED is run we expect those range to be unallocated.

w.r.t page_mkclean() we need to make sure that we don't break the
MADV_DONTNEED semantics.  MADV_DONTNEED check for pmd_none without holding
pmd_lock.  This implies we skip the pmd if we temporarily mark pmd none.
Avoid doing that while marking the page clean.

Keep the sequence same for dax too even though we don't support
MADV_DONTNEED for dax mapping

The bug was noticed by code review and I didn't observe any failures w.r.t
test run.  This is similar to

commit 58ceeb6bec86d9140f9d91d71a710e963523d063
Author: Kirill A. Shutemov <>
Date:   Thu Apr 13 14:56:26 2017 -0700

    thp: fix MADV_DONTNEED vs. MADV_FREE race

commit ced108037c2aa542b3ed8b7afd1576064ad1362a
Author: Kirill A. Shutemov <>
Date:   Thu Apr 13 14:56:20 2017 -0700

    thp: fix MADV_DONTNEED vs. numa balancing race

Signed-off-by: Aneesh Kumar K.V <>
Reviewed-by: Andrew Morton <>
Cc: Dan Williams <>
Cc:"Kirill A . Shutemov" <>
Cc: Andrea Arcangeli <>
Signed-off-by: Andrew Morton <>
Signed-off-by: Linus Torvalds <>
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