[PATCH] arm64: Remove useless UAO IPI and describe how this gets enabled

Will Deacon will.deacon at arm.com
Tue Jan 10 04:38:29 PST 2017

On Mon, Jan 09, 2017 at 06:14:02PM +0000, James Morse wrote:
> Since its introduction, the UAO enable call was broken, and useless.
> commit 2a6dcb2b5f3e ("arm64: cpufeature: Schedule enable() calls instead
> of calling them via IPI"), fixed the framework so that these calls
> are scheduled, so that they can modify PSTATE.
> Now it is just useless. Remove it. UAO is enabled by the code patching
> which causes get_user() and friends to use the 'ldtr' family of
> instructions. This relies on the PSTATE.UAO bit being set to match
> addr_limit, which we do in uao_thread_switch() called via __switch_to().
> All that is needed to enable UAO is patch the code, and call schedule().
> __apply_alternatives_multi_stop() calls stop_machine() when it modifies
> the kernel text to enable the alternatives, (including the UAO code in
> uao_thread_switch()). Once stop_machine() has finished __switch_to() is
> called to reschedule the original task, this causes PSTATE.UAO to be set
> appropriately. An explicit enable() call is not needed.
> Reported-by: Vladimir Murzin <vladimir.murzin at arm.com>
> Signed-off-by: James Morse <james.morse at arm.com>
> ==
> Sorry, I forgot about this cleanup after the last round of PAN fixes.
> ---
>  arch/arm64/include/asm/processor.h |  1 -
>  arch/arm64/kernel/cpufeature.c     |  5 ++++-
>  arch/arm64/mm/fault.c              | 14 --------------
>  3 files changed, 4 insertions(+), 16 deletions(-)

Applied for 4.11.


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