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SubjectRe: Xen MMU's requirement to pin pages RO and initial_memory_mapping.
On Tue, 17 May 2011, Konrad Rzeszutek Wilk wrote:
> On Tue, May 17, 2011 at 06:50:55PM +0100, Stefano Stabellini wrote:
> > On Mon, 16 May 2011, Konrad Rzeszutek Wilk wrote:
> > > > They become pagetable pages when:
> > > >
> > > > - they are explicitly pinned by pin_pagetable_pfn
> > > >
> > > > - they are hooked into the current pagetable
> > >
> > > Ok, so could we use those two calls to trigger the pagetable walk
> > > and mark them RO as appropiate? Which call sites are those? The
> > > xen_set_pgd/xen_set_pud/xen_set_pmd ?
> >
> > xen_alloc_pte_init and xen_alloc_pmd_init are the ones that mark the
> > pagetable pages RO and pin them, calling make_lowmem_page_readonly and
> > pin_pagetable_pfn.
> >
> > alloc_pte/pmd are called right before hooking them into the pagetable;
> > unfortunately that means that they fail at marking the pagetable pages
> > RO: make_lowmem_page_readonly uses lookup_address to find the pte
> > corresponding to a page, however at this point the pagetable pages are
> > not mapped yet (usually they are not hooked but when they are hooked, the
> > upper level pagetable page is not hooked), so lookup_address fails.
>
> Right. We don't have to walk the hooked pagetable, I think. We are passed
> in the PMD/PGD of the PFN and we could look at the content of that PFN.
> Walk each entry in there and for those that are present, determine
> if the page table it points to (whatever level it is) is RO. If not, mark
> it RO. And naturally do it recursively to cover all levels.

I am not sure what you mean.
The interface is the following:

void alloc_pte(struct mm_struct *mm, unsigned long pfn);

pfn is the pagetable page's pfn, that has to be marked RO in all his mappings;
mm is the mm_struct where this pagetable page is mapped.
Except it is not true anymore because the pagetable page is not mapped
yet in mm; so we cannot walk anything here, unfortunately.


We could remember that we failed to mark this page RO so that the next
time we try to write a pte that contains that address we know we have to
mark it RO.
But this approach is basically equivalent to the one we had before
2.6.39: we consider the range pgt_buf_start-pgt_buf_end a "published"
range of pagetable pages that we have to mark RO.
In fact it is affected by the same problem: after writing the ptes that
map the range pgt_buf_start-pgt_buf_end, if we try to allocate a new
pagetable page incrementing pgt_buf_end we fail because the new page is
already marked RW in a pinned page.
At the same time we cannot modify the pte to change the mapping to RO
because lookup_address doesn't find it (the pagetable page containing
the pte in question is not reachable from init_mm yet).


Unfortunately I cannot see an easy way to fix alloc_pte without making
sure that the pfn passed as an argument is already mapped and the pte is
reachable using lookup_address.

Alternatively we could come up with a new interface that properly
publishes the pgt_buf_start-pgt_buf_top range, but it would still need a
"free" function for the pgt_buf_end-pgt_buf_top range to be called after
the initial mapping is complete.


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