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SubjectRe: [PATCH] Flush dcache before writing into page to avoid alias
On Mon, 25 Jan 2010 21:33:08 +0800 anfei <anfei.zhou@gmail.com> wrote:

> Hi Andrew,
>
> On Thu, Jan 21, 2010 at 01:07:57PM +0800, anfei zhou wrote:
> > The cache alias problem will happen if the changes of user shared mapping
> > is not flushed before copying, then user and kernel mapping may be mapped
> > into two different cache line, it is impossible to guarantee the coherence
> > after iov_iter_copy_from_user_atomic. So the right steps should be:
> > flush_dcache_page(page);
> > kmap_atomic(page);
> > write to page;
> > kunmap_atomic(page);
> > flush_dcache_page(page);
> > More precisely, we might create two new APIs flush_dcache_user_page and
> > flush_dcache_kern_page to replace the two flush_dcache_page accordingly.
> >
> > Here is a snippet tested on omap2430 with VIPT cache, and I think it is
> > not ARM-specific:
> > int val = 0x11111111;
> > fd = open("abc", O_RDWR);
> > addr = mmap(NULL, 4096, PROT_READ|PROT_WRITE, MAP_SHARED, fd, 0);
> > *(addr+0) = 0x44444444;
> > tmp = *(addr+0);
> > *(addr+1) = 0x77777777;
> > write(fd, &val, sizeof(int));
> > close(fd);
> > The results are not always 0x11111111 0x77777777 at the beginning as expected.
> >
> Is this a real bug or not necessary to support?

Bug. If variable `addr' has type int* then the contents of that file
should be 0x11111111 0x77777777. You didn't tell us what the contents
were in the incorrect case, but I guess it doesn't matter.




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