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SubjectRe: [PATCH -tip 1/2] x86/alternative: Sync bp_patching update for avoiding NULL pointer exception
On Mon, Dec 02, 2019 at 08:50:12PM +0900, Masami Hiramatsu wrote:
> On Mon, 2 Dec 2019 10:15:19 +0100
> Peter Zijlstra <peterz@infradead.org> wrote:
> > On Wed, Nov 27, 2019 at 02:56:52PM +0900, Masami Hiramatsu wrote:

> > > --- a/arch/x86/kernel/alternative.c
> > > +++ b/arch/x86/kernel/alternative.c
> > > @@ -1134,8 +1134,14 @@ static void text_poke_bp_batch(struct text_poke_loc *tp, unsigned int nr_entries
> > > * sync_core() implies an smp_mb() and orders this store against
> > > * the writing of the new instruction.
> > > */
> > > - bp_patching.vec = NULL;
> > > bp_patching.nr_entries = 0;
> > > + /*
> > > + * This sync_core () ensures that all int3 handlers in progress
> > > + * have finished. This allows poke_int3_handler () after this to
> > > + * avoid touching bp_paching.vec by checking nr_entries == 0.
> > > + */
> > > + text_poke_sync();
> > > + bp_patching.vec = NULL;
> > > }
> >
> > Hurm.. is there no way we can merge that with the 'last'
> > text_poke_sync() ? It seems a little daft to do 2 back-to-back IPI
> > things like that.
>
> Maybe we can add a NULL check of bp_patchig.vec in poke_int3_handler()
> but it doesn't ensure the fundamental safeness, because the array
> pointed by bp_patching.vec itself can be released while
> poke_int3_handler() accesses it.

No, what I mean is something like:

diff --git a/arch/x86/kernel/alternative.c b/arch/x86/kernel/alternative.c
index 30e86730655c..347a234a7c52 100644
--- a/arch/x86/kernel/alternative.c
+++ b/arch/x86/kernel/alternative.c
@@ -1119,17 +1119,13 @@ static void text_poke_bp_batch(struct text_poke_loc *tp, unsigned int nr_entries
* Third step: replace the first byte (int3) by the first byte of
* replacing opcode.
*/
- for (do_sync = 0, i = 0; i < nr_entries; i++) {
+ for (i = 0; i < nr_entries; i++) {
if (tp[i].text[0] == INT3_INSN_OPCODE)
continue;

text_poke(text_poke_addr(&tp[i]), tp[i].text, INT3_INSN_SIZE);
- do_sync++;
}

- if (do_sync)
- text_poke_sync();
-
/*
* sync_core() implies an smp_mb() and orders this store against
* the writing of the new instruction.

Or is that unsafe ?

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