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SubjectRe: How to transfer memory from PCI memory directly to user space safely and portable?
On Mon, Nov 27, 2000 at 10:36:34AM -0800, H. Peter Anvin wrote:
> Followup to: <>
> By author: Philipp Rumpf <>
> In newsgroup:
> >
> > I hope count isn't provided by userspace here ?
> >
> > > 1. What happens if the user space memory is swapped to disk? Will
> > > verify_area() make sure that the memory is in physical RAM when it returns,
> > > or will it return -EFAULT, or will something even worse happen?
> >
> > On i386, you'll sleep implicitly waiting for the page fault to be handled; in
> > the generic case, anything could happen.
> >
> That doesn't sound right. I would expect it to wait for the page to
> be brought in on any and all architectures, otherwise it seems rather
> impossible to write portable Linux kernel code.

The code in question was
memcpy_fromio(user_space_dst, iobase, count);

Assuming user_space_dst is a userspace pointer, what I said is true; on some
architectures we will be dereferencing random pointers in kernel space, and
we won't get -EFAULT right on any architecture.

Or did I miss something ?
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