[PATCH v17 07/10] mm: introduce memfd_secret system call to create "secret" memory areas

Mike Rapoport rppt at kernel.org
Thu Feb 11 18:09:10 EST 2021

On Thu, Feb 11, 2021 at 01:07:10PM +0100, David Hildenbrand wrote:
> On 11.02.21 12:27, Mike Rapoport wrote:
> > On Thu, Feb 11, 2021 at 10:01:32AM +0100, David Hildenbrand wrote:
> So let's talk about the main user-visible differences to other memfd files
> (especially, other purely virtual files like hugetlbfs). With secretmem:
> - File content can only be read/written via memory mappings.
> - File content cannot be swapped out.
> I think there are still valid ways to modify file content using syscalls:
> e.g., fallocate(PUNCH_HOLE). Things like truncate also seems to work just
> fine.
These work perfectly with any file, so maybe we should have added
memfd_create as a flag to open(2) back then and now the secretmem file
> > > AFAIKS, we would need MFD_SECRET and disallow
> > 
> > So here we start to multiplex.
> Yes. And as Michal said, maybe we can support combinations in the future.

Isn't there a general agreement that syscall multiplexing is not a good
memfd_create already has flags validation that does not look very nice.
Adding there only MFD_SECRET will make it a bit less nice, but when we'll
grow new functionality into secretmem that will become horrible.
Sincerely yours,

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