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SubjectRe: [PATCH v2 03/20] x86/mm: temporary mm struct
> Subject: Re: [PATCH v2 03/20] x86/mm: temporary mm struct

Subject needs a verb: "Add a temporary... "

On Mon, Jan 28, 2019 at 04:34:05PM -0800, Rick Edgecombe wrote:
> From: Andy Lutomirski <luto@kernel.org>
>
> Sometimes we want to set a temporary page-table entries (PTEs) in one of

s/a //

Also, drop the "we" and make it impartial and passive:

"Describe your changes in imperative mood, e.g. "make xyzzy do frotz"
instead of "[This patch] makes xyzzy do frotz" or "[I] changed xyzzy
to do frotz", as if you are giving orders to the codebase to change
its behaviour."

> the cores, without allowing other cores to use - even speculatively -
> these mappings. There are two benefits for doing so:
>
> (1) Security: if sensitive PTEs are set, temporary mm prevents their use
> in other cores. This hardens the security as it prevents exploding a

exploding or exploiting? Or exposing? :)

> dangling pointer to overwrite sensitive data using the sensitive PTE.
>
> (2) Avoiding TLB shootdowns: the PTEs do not need to be flushed in
> remote page-tables.

Those belong in the code comments below, explaining what it is going to
be used for.

> To do so a temporary mm_struct can be used. Mappings which are private
> for this mm can be set in the userspace part of the address-space.
> During the whole time in which the temporary mm is loaded, interrupts
> must be disabled.
>
> The first use-case for temporary PTEs, which will follow, is for poking
> the kernel text.
>
> [ Commit message was written by Nadav ]
>
> Cc: Kees Cook <keescook@chromium.org>
> Cc: Dave Hansen <dave.hansen@intel.com>
> Acked-by: Peter Zijlstra (Intel) <peterz@infradead.org>
> Reviewed-by: Masami Hiramatsu <mhiramat@kernel.org>
> Tested-by: Masami Hiramatsu <mhiramat@kernel.org>
> Signed-off-by: Andy Lutomirski <luto@kernel.org>
> Signed-off-by: Nadav Amit <namit@vmware.com>
> Signed-off-by: Rick Edgecombe <rick.p.edgecombe@intel.com>
> ---
> arch/x86/include/asm/mmu_context.h | 32 ++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++
> 1 file changed, 32 insertions(+)
>
> diff --git a/arch/x86/include/asm/mmu_context.h b/arch/x86/include/asm/mmu_context.h
> index 19d18fae6ec6..cd0c29e494a6 100644
> --- a/arch/x86/include/asm/mmu_context.h
> +++ b/arch/x86/include/asm/mmu_context.h
> @@ -356,4 +356,36 @@ static inline unsigned long __get_current_cr3_fast(void)
> return cr3;
> }
>
> +typedef struct {

Why does it have to be a typedef?

That prev.prev below looks unnecessary, instead of just using prev.

> + struct mm_struct *prev;

Why "prev"?
> +} temporary_mm_state_t;

That's kinda long - it is longer than the function name below.
temp_mm_state_t not enough?

> +
> +/*
> + * Using a temporary mm allows to set temporary mappings that are not accessible
> + * by other cores. Such mappings are needed to perform sensitive memory writes
> + * that override the kernel memory protections (e.g., W^X), without exposing the
> + * temporary page-table mappings that are required for these write operations to
> + * other cores.
> + *
> + * Context: The temporary mm needs to be used exclusively by a single core. To
> + * harden security IRQs must be disabled while the temporary mm is
^
,

> + * loaded, thereby preventing interrupt handler bugs from override the

s/override/overriding/

> + * kernel memory protection.
> + */
> +static inline temporary_mm_state_t use_temporary_mm(struct mm_struct *mm)
> +{
> + temporary_mm_state_t state;
> +
> + lockdep_assert_irqs_disabled();
> + state.prev = this_cpu_read(cpu_tlbstate.loaded_mm);
> + switch_mm_irqs_off(NULL, mm, current);
> + return state;
> +}
> +
> +static inline void unuse_temporary_mm(temporary_mm_state_t prev)
> +{
> + lockdep_assert_irqs_disabled();
> + switch_mm_irqs_off(NULL, prev.prev, current);
> +}
> +
> #endif /* _ASM_X86_MMU_CONTEXT_H */
> --
> 2.17.1
>

--
Regards/Gruss,
Boris.

Good mailing practices for 400: avoid top-posting and trim the reply.

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