cifs: clear PF_MEMALLOC before exiting demultiplex thread
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  • cifs: clear PF_MEMALLOC before exiting demultiplex thread
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Eric Biggers March 8, 2020, 4:36 a.m. UTC
From: Eric Biggers <>

Leaving PF_MEMALLOC set when exiting a kthread causes it to remain set
during do_exit().  That can confuse things.  For example, if BSD process
accounting is enabled, then it's possible for do_exit() to end up
calling ext4_write_inode().  That triggers the
WARN_ON_ONCE(current->flags & PF_MEMALLOC) there, as it assumes
(appropriately) that inodes aren't written when allocating memory.

This case was reported by syzbot at

Fix this in cifs_demultiplex_thread() by using the helper functions to
save and restore PF_MEMALLOC.

Signed-off-by: Eric Biggers <>
 fs/cifs/connect.c | 4 +++-
 1 file changed, 3 insertions(+), 1 deletion(-)

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diff --git a/fs/cifs/connect.c b/fs/cifs/connect.c
index 4804d1df8c1c..beab1dc2dc01 100644
--- a/fs/cifs/connect.c
+++ b/fs/cifs/connect.c
@@ -1164,8 +1164,9 @@  cifs_demultiplex_thread(void *p)
 	struct task_struct *task_to_wake = NULL;
 	struct mid_q_entry *mids[MAX_COMPOUND];
 	char *bufs[MAX_COMPOUND];
+	unsigned int noreclaim_flag;
-	current->flags |= PF_MEMALLOC;
+	noreclaim_flag = memalloc_noreclaim_save();
 	cifs_dbg(FYI, "Demultiplex PID: %d\n", task_pid_nr(current));
 	length = atomic_inc_return(&tcpSesAllocCount);
@@ -1320,6 +1321,7 @@  cifs_demultiplex_thread(void *p)
+	memalloc_noreclaim_restore(noreclaim_flag);