[PATCH v13 4/7] arm64: mte: Enable TCO in functions that can read beyond buffer limits

Will Deacon will at kernel.org
Tue Feb 23 07:49:52 EST 2021

On Tue, Feb 23, 2021 at 12:05:32PM +0000, Catalin Marinas wrote:
> On Tue, Feb 23, 2021 at 10:56:46AM +0000, Vincenzo Frascino wrote:
> > On 2/22/21 5:58 PM, Catalin Marinas wrote:
> > > We'll still have an issue with dynamically switching the async/sync mode
> > > at run-time. Luckily kasan doesn't do this now. The problem is that
> > > until the last CPU have been switched from async to sync, we can't
> > > toggle the static label. When switching from sync to async, we need
> > > to do it on the first CPU being switched.
> > 
> > I totally agree on this point. In the case of runtime switching we might need
> > the rethink completely the strategy and depends a lot on what we want to allow
> > and what not. For the kernel I imagine we will need to expose something in sysfs
> > that affects all the cores and then maybe stop_machine() to propagate it to all
> > the cores. Do you think having some of the cores running in sync mode and some
> > in async is a viable solution?
> stop_machine() is an option indeed. I think it's still possible to run
> some cores in async while others in sync but the static key here would
> only be toggled when no async CPUs are left.

Just as a general point, but if we expose stop_machine() via sysfs we
probably want to limit that to privileged users so you can't DoS the system
by spamming into the file.


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