[kernel-hardening] Re: [RFC v2][PATCH 04/11] x86: Implement __arch_rare_write_begin/unmap()

Mark Rutland mark.rutland at arm.com
Mon Apr 10 03:29:39 PDT 2017

On Fri, Apr 07, 2017 at 04:45:26PM +0200, Peter Zijlstra wrote:
> On Fri, Apr 07, 2017 at 12:51:15PM +0200, Mathias Krause wrote:
> > Why that? It allows fast and CPU local modifications of r/o memory.
> > OTOH, an approach that needs to fiddle with page table entries
> > requires global synchronization to keep the individual TLB states in
> > sync. Hmm.. Not that fast, I'd say.
> The fixmaps used for kmap_atomic are per-cpu, no global sync required.

That might be fine for x86, but for some architectures fixmap slots and
kmap_atomic mappings happen to be visible to other CPUs even if they're
not required to be.

Using an mm solves that for all, though.


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