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SubjectRe: [RFC PATCH 01/17] perf: Allow mmapping only user page
Borislav Petkov <> writes:

> On Tue, Sep 05, 2017 at 04:30:10PM +0300, Alexander Shishkin wrote:
>> The 'user page' contains offsets and sizes of data and aux areas of the
>> ring buffer. If a user wants to mmap a pre-existing buffer, they need to
>> know these in order to issue mmap()s with correct offsets and sizes.
> Ok, stupid question: shouldn't this be a properly defined interface
> instead of allowing userspace to poke inside the user page? Or are we
> prepared to handle any changes in the layout of that user page and there
> won't be any userspace crying because of it?

Well, it is a 'defined' interface: there's the 'struct
perf_event_mmap_page' with versioning and whatnot, which is used for all
the ring buffer metainformation. Or am I misunderstanding your question?


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