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SubjectRe: new text patching for review
* Jeremy Fitzhardinge (jeremy@goop.org) wrote:
> Andi Kleen wrote:
> > Mathieu Desnoyers <mathieu.desnoyers@polymtl.ca> writes:
> >
> >> I see that IRQs are disabled in alternative_instructions(), but it does
> >> not protect against NMIs, which could come at a very inappropriate
> >> moment. MCE and SMIs would potentially cause the same kind of trouble.
> >>
> >> So unless you can guarantee that any code from NMI handler won't call
> >> basic things such as get_cycles() (nor MCE, nor SMIs), you can't insure
> >> it won't execute an illegal instruction. Also, the option of temporarily
> >> disabling the NMI for the duration of the update simply adds unwanted
> >> latency to the NMI handler which could be unacceptable in some setups.
> >>
> >
> > Ok it's a fair point. But how would you address it ?
> >
> > Even if we IPIed the other CPUs NMIs or MCEs could still happen.
> >
> > BTW Jeremy, have you ever considered that problem with paravirt ops
> > patching?
> >
>
> I remember Zach was thinking about it when he was thinking of making vmi
> a kernel module, but I don't think we discussed it with respect to the
> current patching mechanism. Though he did discover that at one point
> alternative_instructions() was being run with interrupts enabled, which
> caused surprisingly few problems...
>
> But, yeah, it seems like it could be a problem.
>
> > - smp lock patching only ever changes a single byte (lock prefix) of
> > a single instruction
> > - kprobes only ever change a single byte
> >
> > For the immediate value patching it also cannot happen because
> > you'll never modify multiple instructions and all immediate values
> > can be changed atomically.
> >
>
> Are misaligned/cross-cache-line updates atomic?
>

I align the "immediate values" within the mov instructions on multiples
of the immediate value size so I can update it atomically.

> J

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Mathieu Desnoyers
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