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SubjectRe: [PATCH v2 05/20] x86/alternative: initializing temporary mm for patching
On Mon, Feb 11, 2019 at 11:18 AM Nadav Amit <nadav.amit@gmail.com> wrote:
>
> > On Feb 11, 2019, at 11:07 AM, Andy Lutomirski <luto@kernel.org> wrote:
> >
> > I'm certainly amenable to other solutions, but this one does seem the
> > least messy. I looked at my old patch, and it doesn't do what you
> > want. I'd suggest you just add a percpu variable like cpu_dr7 and rig
> > up some accessors so that it stays up to date. Then you can skip the
> > dr7 writes if there are no watchpoints set.
> >
> > Also, EFI is probably a less interesting example than rare_write.
> > With rare_write, especially the dynamically allocated variants that
> > people keep coming up with, we'll need a swath of address space fully
> > as large as the vmalloc area. and getting *that* right while still
> > using the kernel address range might be more of a mess than we really
> > want to deal with.
>
> As long as you feel comfortable with this solution, I’m fine with it.
>
> Here is what I have (untested). I prefer to save/restore all the DRs,
> because IIRC DR6 indications are updated even if breakpoints are disabled
> (in DR7). And anyhow, that is the standard interface.

Seems reasonable, but:

>
>
> -- >8 --
>
> From: Nadav Amit <namit@vmware.com>
> Date: Mon, 11 Feb 2019 03:07:08 -0800
> Subject: [PATCH] mm: save DRs when loading temporary mm
>
> Signed-off-by: Nadav Amit <namit@vmware.com>
> ---
> arch/x86/include/asm/mmu_context.h | 18 ++++++++++++++++++
> 1 file changed, 18 insertions(+)
>
> diff --git a/arch/x86/include/asm/mmu_context.h b/arch/x86/include/asm/mmu_context.h
> index d684b954f3c0..4f92ec3df149 100644
> --- a/arch/x86/include/asm/mmu_context.h
> +++ b/arch/x86/include/asm/mmu_context.h
> @@ -13,6 +13,7 @@
> #include <asm/tlbflush.h>
> #include <asm/paravirt.h>
> #include <asm/mpx.h>
> +#include <asm/debugreg.h>
>
> extern atomic64_t last_mm_ctx_id;
>
> @@ -358,6 +359,7 @@ static inline unsigned long __get_current_cr3_fast(void)
>
> typedef struct {
> struct mm_struct *prev;
> + unsigned short bp_enabled : 1;
> } temp_mm_state_t;
>
> /*
> @@ -380,6 +382,15 @@ static inline temp_mm_state_t use_temporary_mm(struct mm_struct *mm)
> lockdep_assert_irqs_disabled();
> state.prev = this_cpu_read(cpu_tlbstate.loaded_mm);
> switch_mm_irqs_off(NULL, mm, current);
> +
> + /*
> + * If breakpoints are enabled, disable them while the temporary mm is
> + * used - they do not belong and might cause wrong signals or crashes.
> + */

Maybe clarify this? Add some mention that the specific problem is
that user code could set a watchpoint on an address that is also used
in the temporary mm.

Arguably we should not disable *kernel* breakpoints a la perf, but
that seems like quite a minor issue, at least as long as
use_temporary_mm() doesn't get wider use. But a comment that this
also disables perf breakpoints and that this could be undesirable
might be in order as well.

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