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SubjectRe: [PATCH v10 13/17] mm: vmalloc: add flag preventing guard hole allocation
On 01/30/2015 02:12 AM, Andrew Morton wrote:
> On Thu, 29 Jan 2015 18:11:57 +0300 Andrey Ryabinin <> wrote:
>> For instrumenting global variables KASan will shadow memory
>> backing memory for modules. So on module loading we will need
>> to allocate shadow memory and map it at exact virtual address.
> I don't understand. What does "map it at exact virtual address" mean?

I mean that if module_alloc() returned address x, than
shadow memory should be mapped exactly at address kasan_mem_to_shadow(x).

>> __vmalloc_node_range() seems like the best fit for that purpose,
>> except it puts a guard hole after allocated area.
> Why is the guard hole a problem?

Because of guard hole in shadow some future allocations of shadow memory
will fail. Requested address ( kasan_mem_to_shadow(x) ) will be already occupied
by guard hole of previous allocation.

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