[PATCH] new cgroup controller "fork"

Paul Menage menage at google.com
Thu Feb 17 16:59:51 PST 2011

On Thu, Feb 17, 2011 at 5:31 AM, Max Kellermann <mk at cm4all.com> wrote:
> Can limit the number of fork()/clone() calls in a cgroup.  It is
> useful as a safeguard against fork bombs.

I'd be inclined to simplify this a bit - avoid impacting the fork()
path twice, with cgroup_fork_pre_fork() and cgroup_fork_fork() and
just do the checks and decrements in a single pass. (In the event of
hitting a limit, you may need to make another partial pass up the tree
to restore the charged fork attempts)

Yes, it's true that you might charge for a fork() that later failed
for some other reason, but this will very rare (except on a machine
that's already screwed for other reasons) so that I don't think anyone
would complain about it. Especially if you explicitly document
"fork.remaining" as number of permitted "fork attempts".

Also, it would be slightly clearer to use fork_cgroup_* rather than
cgroup_fork_* - this makes it clearer that it's part of a cgroups
subsystem called "fork", rather than part of the cgroups core

I don't think that you need to make your spinlock IRQ-safe - AFAICS
nothing accesses it from the interrupt path.


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