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Subject[PATCH v4 0/2] livepatch: Introduce signal and force sysfs attributes
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Currently, livepatch gradually migrate the system from an unpatched to a
patched state (or vice versa). Each task drops its TIF_PATCH_PENDING
itself when crossing the kernel/user space boundary or it is cleared
using the stack checking approach. If there is a task which sleeps on a
patched function, the whole transition can get stuck indefinitely.

Livepatch has means which can be used in these cases. The transition can
be cancelled and/or immediate flag may be used for the live patch. On
the other hand it might be useful to poke the system a little bit and
help the transition to finish by doing so.

That is what the fake signal can be used for. A task sleeping/waiting in
the kernel gets TIF_SIGPENDING set, it handles it and during that its
TIF_PATCH_PENDING is cleared. Kthreads are only woken up, they do not
handle signals suitably.

Still, there are cases which neither fake signal can solve. A task can
sleep uninterruptedly without reacting to signals at all. Even then, it
may be safe to clear the task's TIF_PATCH_PENDING. As a last resort,
admin may force such clearing for all tasks in the system with this
patch set.

We use the fake signal in SLES for a long time. Moreover, we don't have
a stack checking there, so we rely on the fake signal a lot. We send it
automatically and periodically.

Petr, I did not add you Reviewed-by tags intentionally because of the changes.

Changes from v3:
- only TASK_INTERRUPTIBLE kthreads are woken up - Petr
- documentation - Pavel
- function naming and sysfs fix - Josh

Changes from v2:
- two sysfs attributes instead of one - Petr, Josh
- better documentation about force usage - Pavel
- small changes here and there

Changes from v1:
- better wording, typos, comments, documentation - Libor, Josh
- symbolic names in sysfs instead of numbers - Libor
- exit_to_usermode_loop(), call klp_update_patch_state() before do_signal() - Oleg
- better names - Josh
- mutex and WARN_ON_ONCE not added to klp_force_transitions() - Petr, Josh
- handle idle tasks in klp_force_transitions() too - Josh

Miroslav Benes (2):
livepatch: send a fake signal to all blocking tasks
livepatch: force transition to finish

Documentation/ABI/testing/sysfs-kernel-livepatch | 25 +++++++++
Documentation/livepatch/livepatch.txt | 22 +++++++-
arch/powerpc/kernel/signal.c | 6 +--
arch/x86/entry/common.c | 6 +--
kernel/livepatch/core.c | 60 +++++++++++++++++++++
kernel/livepatch/transition.c | 66 ++++++++++++++++++++++++
kernel/livepatch/transition.h | 2 +
kernel/signal.c | 4 +-
8 files changed, 182 insertions(+), 9 deletions(-)

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