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SubjectRe: [PATCH] mm: Export follow_pte() for KVM so that KVM can stop using follow_pfn()
On Thu, Feb 04, 2021 at 06:19:13PM +0100, Paolo Bonzini wrote:
> On 04/02/21 18:16, Sean Christopherson wrote:
> > Export follow_pte() to fix build breakage when KVM is built as a module.
> > An in-flight KVM fix switches from follow_pfn() to follow_pte() in order
> > to grab the page protections along with the PFN.
> >
> > Fixes: bd2fae8da794 ("KVM: do not assume PTE is writable after follow_pfn")
> > Cc: David Stevens <>
> > Cc: Jann Horn <>
> > Cc: Jason Gunthorpe <>
> > Cc: Paolo Bonzini <>
> > Cc:
> > Signed-off-by: Sean Christopherson <>
> >
> > Paolo, maybe you can squash this with the appropriate acks?
> Indeed, you beat me by a minute. This change is why I hadn't sent out the
> patch yet.
> Andrew or Jason, ok to squash this?

I think usual process would be to put this in the patch/series/pr that
needs it.

Given how badly follow_pfn has been misused, I would greatly prefer to
see you add a kdoc along with exporting it - making it clear about the

And it looks like we should remove the range argument for modular use

And document the locking requirements, it does a lockless read of the
page table:

pgd = pgd_offset(mm, address);
if (pgd_none(*pgd) || unlikely(pgd_bad(*pgd)))
goto out;

p4d = p4d_offset(pgd, address);

It doesn't do the trickery that fast GUP does, so it must require the
mmap sem in read mode at least.

Not sure I understand how fsdax is able to call it only under the
i_mmap_lock_read lock? What prevents a page table level from being
freed concurrently?

And it is missing READ_ONCE's for the lockless page table walk.. :(


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