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SubjectRe: [patch 2/2] x86 NMI-safe INT3 and Page Fault
On 07/16/2010 09:05 PM, H. Peter Anvin wrote:
>
>> Module loading can certainly take a vmalloc_sync_all() (though I agree
>> it's unpleasant). Anything else?
>>
>> Note perf is not modular at this time, but could be made so with
>> preempt/sched notifiers to hook the context switch.
>>
>>
> Actually, module loading is already a performance problem; a lot of
> distros load sometimes hundreds of modules on startup, and it's heavily
> serialized, so I can see this being desirable to skip.
>

There aren't that many processes at this time (or there shouldn't be,
don't know how fork-happy udev is at this stage), so the sync should be
pretty fast. In any case, we can sync only modules that contain NMI
handlers.

> I really hope noone ever gets the idea of touching user space from an
> NMI handler, though, and expecting it to work...
>

I think the concern here is about an NMI handler's code running in
vmalloc space, or is it something else?

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