[PATCH v2 1/3] module: Rename module_alloc() to text_alloc() and move to kernel proper

Russell King - ARM Linux admin linux at armlinux.org.uk
Tue Jul 14 12:42:45 EDT 2020

On Tue, Jul 14, 2020 at 03:01:09PM +0200, Peter Zijlstra wrote:
> On Tue, Jul 14, 2020 at 03:19:24PM +0300, Ard Biesheuvel wrote:
> > So perhaps the answer is to have text_alloc() not with a 'where'
> > argument but with a 'why' argument. Or more simply, just have separate
> > alloc/free APIs for each case, with generic versions that can be
> > overridden by the architecture.
> Well, there only seem to be 2 cases here, either the pointer needs to
> fit in some immediate displacement, or not.
> On x86 we seem have the advantage of a fairly large immediate
> displacement as compared to many other architectures (due to our
> variable sized instructions). And thus have been fairly liberal with our
> usage of it (also our indirect jmps/calls suck, double so with
> Still, the indirect jump, as mentioned by Russel should work for
> arbitrarily placed code for us too.
> So I'm thinking that something like:
> enum ptr_type {
> 	immediate_displacement,
> 	absolute,
> };
> void *text_alloc(unsigned long size, enum ptr_type type)
> {
> 	unsigned long vstart = VMALLOC_START;
> 	unsigned long vend   = VMALLOC_END;
> 	if (type == immediate_displacement) {
> 		vstart = MODULES_VADDR;
> 		vend   = MODULES_END;
> 	}
> 	return __vmalloc_node_range(size, TEXT_ALIGN, vstart, vend,
> 				    NUMA_NO_NODE, _RET_IP_);
> }
> void text_free(void *ptr)
> {
> 	vfree(ptr);
> }

Beware, however, that on 32-bit ARM, if module PLTs are enabled,
we will try to place the module in the module region (which gives
best performance) but if that allocation fails, we will fall back
to placing it in the vmalloc region and using PLTs.

So, for a module allocation, we would need to make up to two calls
to text_alloc(), once with "immediate_displacement", and if that
fails and we have PLT support enabled, again with "absolute".

Hence, as other people have said, why module_alloc() would need to
stay separate.

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