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SubjectRe: [PATCH v3 01/10] mm: add Kernel Electric-Fence infrastructure
On Tue, 29 Sep 2020 at 15:48, Andrey Konovalov <andreyknvl@google.com> wrote:
> On Tue, Sep 29, 2020 at 3:11 PM Marco Elver <elver@google.com> wrote:
> >
> > On Tue, Sep 29, 2020 at 02:42PM +0200, Andrey Konovalov wrote:
> > [...]
> > > > + */
> > > > + index = (addr - (unsigned long)__kfence_pool) / (PAGE_SIZE * 2) - 1;
> > >
> > > Why do we subtract 1 here? We do have the metadata entry reserved for something?
> >
> > Above the declaration of __kfence_pool it says:
> >
> > * We allocate an even number of pages, as it simplifies calculations to map
> > * address to metadata indices; effectively, the very first page serves as an
> > * extended guard page, but otherwise has no special purpose.
> >
> > Hopefully that clarifies the `- 1` here.
>
> So there are two guard pages at the beginning and only then a page
> that holds an object?

Yes, correct.

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