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SubjectRe: [PATCH 4/6] ftrace, x86: make kernel text writable only for conversions
* Steven Rostedt (rostedt@goodmis.org) wrote:
>
>
>
> On Sun, 22 Feb 2009, Andi Kleen wrote:
>
> > Steven Rostedt <rostedt@goodmis.org> writes:
> >
> > > From: Steven Rostedt <srostedt@redhat.com>
> > >
> > > Impact: keep kernel text read only
> > >
> > > Because dynamic ftrace converts the calls to mcount into and out of
> > > nops at run time, we needed to always keep the kernel text writable.
> > >
> > > But this defeats the point of CONFIG_DEBUG_RODATA. This patch converts
> > > the kernel code to writable before ftrace modifies the text, and converts
> > > it back to read only afterward.
> > >
> > > The conversion is done via stop_machine and no IPIs may be executed
> > > at that time. The kernel text is set to write just before calling
> > > stop_machine and set to read only again right afterward.
> >
> > The very old text poke code I had for this just used a dynamic
> > mapping elsewhere instead to modify the code. That's much less
> > intrusive than changing the complete mappings. Any reason you can't use
> > that too?
> >
>
> We are changing over 19000 locations in the kernel. This touches almost
> all kernel text pages anyway. You want to map a page in and out for over
> 19000 locations?
>
> -- Steve
>

Hi Steve,

Can you provide numbers to indicate why it's required to be so intrusive
in the kernel mappings while doing these modifications ? I think opening
such time window where standard code mapping is writeable globally in
config RO_DATA kernels could open the door to unexpected side-effects,
so ideally going through the "backdoor" page mapped by text_poke seems
safer. Given similar performance, I would tend to use a text_poke-like
approach.

Mathieu

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