[PATCH v3 0/7] arm64: Privileged Access Never using TTBR0_EL1 switching

Mark Rutland mark.rutland at arm.com
Wed Sep 14 03:27:00 PDT 2016

On Wed, Sep 14, 2016 at 11:13:33AM +0100, Ard Biesheuvel wrote:
> On 13 September 2016 at 18:46, Catalin Marinas <catalin.marinas at arm.com> wrote:
> > This is the third version of the arm64 PAN emulation using TTBR0_EL1
> > switching.
> Given that every __get_user() call now incurs the PAN switch overhead,
> I wonder if it would be worth it to stash the real TTBR0_EL1 value in,
> e.g., TPIDRRO_EL0 rather than load it from memory each time. We'd have
> to reload the real value of TPIDRRO_EL0 at kernel exit every time, but
> only for compat tasks, and not nearly as often, obviously.

FWIW, my plan for vmap'd stacks involves clobbering TPIDRRO_EL0 early
upon kernel entry to reliably detect/handle stack overflow (as we need
to free up GPR to detect overflow, and we need to detect that before we
try to store to the stack).

For non-compat tasks we must restore zero, so either way we'll end up
with a load (to determine compat-ness or to load the precise value).


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