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Subject[PATCH v2 07/10] x86_64,vsyscall: Rewrite comment and clean up headers in vsyscall code
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vsyscall_64.c is just vsyscall emulation.  Tidy it up accordingly.

If my comment editing offends anyone, let me know and I can fix it.

Signed-off-by: Andy Lutomirski <luto@amacapital.net>
---
arch/x86/kernel/vsyscall_64.c | 51 +++++++++++++++----------------------------
1 file changed, 18 insertions(+), 33 deletions(-)

diff --git a/arch/x86/kernel/vsyscall_64.c b/arch/x86/kernel/vsyscall_64.c
index 5029be3..1ea34e7 100644
--- a/arch/x86/kernel/vsyscall_64.c
+++ b/arch/x86/kernel/vsyscall_64.c
@@ -1,52 +1,37 @@
/*
- * Copyright (C) 2001 Andrea Arcangeli <andrea@suse.de> SuSE
- * Copyright 2003 Andi Kleen, SuSE Labs.
+ * Mostly copyright (c) 2012-2014 Andy Lutomirski <luto@amacapital.net>
*
- * [ NOTE: this mechanism is now deprecated in favor of the vDSO. ]
+ * This file implements vsyscall emulation. vsyscalls are a legacy ABI:
+ * userspace can request certain kernel services by calling fixed
+ * addresses. This concept is problematic:
*
- * Thanks to hpa@transmeta.com for some useful hint.
- * Special thanks to Ingo Molnar for his early experience with
- * a different vsyscall implementation for Linux/IA32 and for the name.
+ * - It interferes with ASLR.
+ * - It's awkward to write code that lives in kernel addresses but is
+ * callable by userspace at fixed addresses.
+ * - The whole concept is impossible for 32-bit compat userspace.
+ * - UML cannot easily virtualize a vsyscall.
*
- * vsyscall 1 is located at -10Mbyte, vsyscall 2 is located
- * at virtual address -10Mbyte+1024bytes etc... There are at max 4
- * vsyscalls. One vsyscall can reserve more than 1 slot to avoid
- * jumping out of line if necessary. We cannot add more with this
- * mechanism because older kernels won't return -ENOSYS.
+ * As of mid-2014, I believe that there is no new userspace code that
+ * will use a vsyscall if the vDSO is present. I hope that there will
+ * soon be no new userspace code that will ever use a vsyscall.
*
- * Note: the concept clashes with user mode linux. UML users should
- * use the vDSO.
+ * The code in this file emulates vsyscalls when notified of a page
+ * fault to a vsyscall address.
+ *
+ * The original version of this code is:
+ * Copyright (C) 2001 Andrea Arcangeli <andrea@suse.de> SuSE
+ * Copyright 2003 Andi Kleen, SuSE Labs.
*/

-#define pr_fmt(fmt) KBUILD_MODNAME ": " fmt

-#include <linux/time.h>
-#include <linux/init.h>
#include <linux/kernel.h>
#include <linux/timer.h>
-#include <linux/seqlock.h>
-#include <linux/jiffies.h>
-#include <linux/sysctl.h>
-#include <linux/topology.h>
-#include <linux/timekeeper_internal.h>
-#include <linux/getcpu.h>
-#include <linux/cpu.h>
-#include <linux/smp.h>
-#include <linux/notifier.h>
#include <linux/syscalls.h>
#include <linux/ratelimit.h>

#include <asm/vsyscall.h>
-#include <asm/pgtable.h>
-#include <asm/compat.h>
-#include <asm/page.h>
#include <asm/unistd.h>
#include <asm/fixmap.h>
-#include <asm/errno.h>
-#include <asm/io.h>
-#include <asm/segment.h>
-#include <asm/desc.h>
-#include <asm/topology.h>
#include <asm/traps.h>

#define CREATE_TRACE_POINTS
--
1.9.3


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