RFR: 8235324: Dying objects are published from users of CollectedHeap::object_iterate

Erik Österlund erik.osterlund at oracle.com
Wed Dec 4 14:23:52 UTC 2019

Hi Stefan,

Looks good.


On 2019-12-04 11:34, Stefan Karlsson wrote:
> Removed the unused oopDesc::keep_alive function:
> https://cr.openjdk.java.net/~stefank/8235324/webrev.02.delta/
> https://cr.openjdk.java.net/~stefank/8235324/webrev.02/
> StefanK
> On 2019-12-04 09:50, Stefan Karlsson wrote:
>> Hi all,
>> Please review this fix to make sure objects published from closures 
>> to CollectedHeap::object_iterate are kept alive.
>> https://cr.openjdk.java.net/~stefank/8235324/webrev.01/
>> https://bugs.openjdk.java.net/browse/JDK-8235324
>> Caution needs to be taken when CollectedHeap::object_iterate is used. 
>> It may:
>> - Return non-reachable objects - for example, when G1 walks the prev 
>> bitmap
>> - Return the Reference.referent without an appropriate resurrection 
>> barrier
>> - Return an object loaded without a "strong"/"marking" barrier
>> These objects should not escape the confines of the active safepoint 
>> that calls object_iterate. If they do we run the risk of various 
>> crashes when the objects get garbage collected.
>> Unfortunately, there are a few closures that do this. The once we 
>> have identified are:
>> - HeapInspection::find_instances_at_safepoint
>> - JVMTI object tagging
>> There might be some merit to solving this by altering the 
>> object_iterate API, but for now we'd like to fix the two problematic 
>> areas listed above. The suggestion is to introduce a 
>> CollectedHeap::keep_alive function that notifies the GC that the 
>> object should be kept alive the current GC cycle (if active).
>> This solution will also work with code that iterates over object 
>> fields without using object_iterate. For example, with this fix we'll 
>> be able to read the Reference.referent field in JDK-8234508, with 
>> AS_NO_KEEPALIVE, and only keep the object alive if it actually gets 
>> registered in the tag map. Without that, every single object 
>> reachable through Reference.referent would be kept alive.
>> The fix introduces a keep_alive() function for ZGC, G1, and 
>> Shenandoah. It would be good to get reviews from maintainers of all 
>> these GCs.
>> Thanks,
>> StefanK

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