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SubjectRe: [PATCH] Support for unconditional page sanitization
On Sun, 24 May 2009 12:19:48 +0200
pageexec@freemail.hu wrote:

> On 23 May 2009 at 14:05, Arjan van de Ven wrote:
>
> > On Sat, 23 May 2009 11:21:41 -0700
> > "Larry H." <research@subreption.com> wrote:
> >
> > > +static inline void sanitize_highpage(struct page *page)
> >
> > any reason we're not reusing clear_highpage() for this?
> > (I know it's currently slightly different, but that is fixable)
>
> KM_USER0 users are not supposed to be called from soft/hard irq
> contexts for high memory pages, something that cannot be guaranteed
> at this low level of page freeing (i.e., we could be interrupting
> a clear_highmem and overwrite its KM_USER0 mapping, leaving it dead
> in the water when we return there). in other words, sanitization
> must be able to nest within KM_USER*, so that pretty much calls for
> its own slot.

no arguement that current clear_highpage isn't a fit. I was more
thinking about using the content of sanitize_highpage(), and just
calling that clear_highpage(). (or in other words, improve
clear_highpage to be usable in more situations)


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