[PATCH 2/6] arm64/vdso: Zap vvar pages when switching to a time namespace

Andrei Vagin avagin at gmail.com
Wed Jun 24 04:33:17 EDT 2020

The order of vvar pages depends on whether a task belongs to the root
time namespace or not. In the root time namespace, a task doesn't have a
per-namespace page. In a non-root namespace, the VVAR page which contains
the system-wide VDSO data is replaced with a namespace specific page
that contains clock offsets.

Whenever a task changes its namespace, the VVAR page tables are cleared
and then they will be re-faulted with a corresponding layout.

A task can switch its time namespace only if its ->mm isn't shared with
another task.

Reviewed-by: Vincenzo Frascino <vincenzo.frascino at arm.com>
Reviewed-by: Dmitry Safonov <dima at arista.com>
Signed-off-by: Andrei Vagin <avagin at gmail.com>
 arch/arm64/kernel/vdso.c | 31 +++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++
 1 file changed, 31 insertions(+)

diff --git a/arch/arm64/kernel/vdso.c b/arch/arm64/kernel/vdso.c
index 7c4620451fa5..bdf492a17dff 100644
--- a/arch/arm64/kernel/vdso.c
+++ b/arch/arm64/kernel/vdso.c
@@ -124,6 +124,37 @@ static int __vdso_init(enum vdso_abi abi)
 	return 0;
+ * The vvar mapping contains data for a specific time namespace, so when a task
+ * changes namespace we must unmap its vvar data for the old namespace.
+ * Subsequent faults will map in data for the new namespace.
+ *
+ * For more details see timens_setup_vdso_data().
+ */
+int vdso_join_timens(struct task_struct *task, struct time_namespace *ns)
+	struct mm_struct *mm = task->mm;
+	struct vm_area_struct *vma;
+	mmap_read_lock(mm);
+	for (vma = mm->mmap; vma; vma = vma->vm_next) {
+		unsigned long size = vma->vm_end - vma->vm_start;
+		if (vma_is_special_mapping(vma, vdso_info[VDSO_ABI_AA64].dm))
+			zap_page_range(vma, vma->vm_start, size);
+		if (vma_is_special_mapping(vma, vdso_info[VDSO_ABI_AA32].dm))
+			zap_page_range(vma, vma->vm_start, size);
+	}
+	mmap_read_unlock(mm);
+	return 0;
 static vm_fault_t vvar_fault(const struct vm_special_mapping *sm,
 			     struct vm_area_struct *vma, struct vm_fault *vmf)

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