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SubjectRe: [PATCH 21/30] x86, mm: put mmu-to-h/w ASID translation in one place
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On 11/10/2017 02:03 PM, Andy Lutomirski wrote:
>> +static inline u16 kern_asid(u16 asid)
>> +{
>> + VM_WARN_ON_ONCE(asid > MAX_ASID_AVAILABLE);
>> + /*
>> + * If PCID is on, ASID-aware code paths put the ASID+1 into the PCID
>> + * bits. This serves two purposes. It prevents a nasty situation in
>> + * which PCID-unaware code saves CR3, loads some other value (with PCID
>> + * == 0), and then restores CR3, thus corrupting the TLB for ASID 0 if
>> + * the saved ASID was nonzero. It also means that any bugs involving
>> + * loading a PCID-enabled CR3 with CR4.PCIDE off will trigger
>> + * deterministically.
>> + */
>> + return asid + 1;
>> +}
> This seems really error-prone. Maybe we should have a pcid_t type and
> make all the interfaces that want a h/w PCID take pcid_t.

Yeah, totally agree. I actually had a nasty bug or two around this area
because of this.

I divided them among hw_asid_t and sw_asid_t. You can turn a sw_asid_t
into a kernel hw_asid_t or a user hw_asid_t. But, it cause too much
churn across the TLB flushing code so I shelved it for now.

I'd love to come back nd fix this up properly though.

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