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SubjectRe: [PATCH v8 15/27] mm: Handle shadow stack page fault
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On Tue, 2019-08-13 at 15:55 -0700, Andy Lutomirski wrote:
> On Tue, Aug 13, 2019 at 2:02 PM Yu-cheng Yu <yu-cheng.yu@intel.com> wrote:
> >
> > When a task does fork(), its shadow stack (SHSTK) must be duplicated
> > for the child. This patch implements a flow similar to copy-on-write
> > of an anonymous page, but for SHSTK.
> >
> > A SHSTK PTE must be RO and dirty. This dirty bit requirement is used
> > to effect the copying. In copy_one_pte(), clear the dirty bit from a
> > SHSTK PTE to cause a page fault upon the next SHSTK access. At that
> > time, fix the PTE and copy/re-use the page.
>
> Is using VM_SHSTK and special-casing all of this really better than
> using a special mapping or other pseudo-file-backed VMA and putting
> all the magic in the vm_operations?

A special mapping is cleaner. However, we also need to exclude normal [RO +
dirty] pages from shadow stack.

Yu-cheng

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