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SubjectRe: [PATCH] x86_64: disable identity mappings statically
On Fri, Feb 11, 2011 at 12:59:47PM -0500, Brian Gerst wrote:
> On Fri, Feb 11, 2011 at 12:07 PM, Jiri Olsa <jolsa@redhat.com> wrote:
> > On Fri, Feb 11, 2011 at 08:46:41AM -0800, Eric W. Biederman wrote:
> >> Jiri Olsa <jolsa@redhat.com> writes:
> >>
> >> > hi,
> >> >
> >> > while browsing the page table setup code, I noticed the x86_64 head
> >> > code might not need the identity mappings at all.
> >> > It seems it's ok to switch it off completely from the begining,
> >> > unless I'm missing something.
> >>
> >> Have you tested it?
> >
> > yes, I booted it with no problem
>
> The only reason this doesn't crash is because the identity mappings
> provided by the boot code are marked as global, and therefore might
> not be flushed by simply loading cr3. The cpu can evict TLB entries
> at any time though, so it's a bad idea to run without the identity
> mappings even for the brief moment before jumping to the virtual
> address.

I added code for flushing whole TLB (including global pages) and it
still boots (attached).

I'm sorry if I'm missing something obvious (probably the TLB flushing
code is wrong), but I'd like to understand this part.

What instruction/action would require the identity mapping,
after the page table is set?

thanks (and again sry for noise :) )
jirka


---
diff --git a/arch/x86/kernel/head_64.S b/arch/x86/kernel/head_64.S
index c55e6fa..073f489 100644
--- a/arch/x86/kernel/head_64.S
+++ b/arch/x86/kernel/head_64.S
@@ -165,6 +165,13 @@ ENTRY(secondary_startup_64)
movl $(X86_CR4_PAE | X86_CR4_PGE), %eax
movq %rax, %cr4

+ /* invalidate whole TLB */
+ movq %cr4, %rax
+ movq %rax, %rdx
+ andq $~X86_CR4_PGE, %rax
+ movq %rax, %cr4
+ movq %rdx, %cr4
+
/* Setup early boot stage 4 level pagetables. */
movq $(init_level4_pgt - __START_KERNEL_map), %rax
addq phys_base(%rip), %rax

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