mm: lock newly mapped VMA which can be modified after it becomes visible

mmap_region adds a newly created VMA into VMA tree and might modify it
afterwards before dropping the mmap_lock.  This poses a problem for page
faults handled under per-VMA locks because they don't take the mmap_lock
and can stumble on this VMA while it's still being modified.  Currently
this does not pose a problem since post-addition modifications are done
only for file-backed VMAs, which are not handled under per-VMA lock.
However, once support for handling file-backed page faults with per-VMA
locks is added, this will become a race.

Fix this by write-locking the VMA before inserting it into the VMA tree.
Other places where a new VMA is added into VMA tree do not modify it
after the insertion, so do not need the same locking.

Signed-off-by: Suren Baghdasaryan <>
Signed-off-by: Linus Torvalds <>
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