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Date:   Wed, 22 Nov 2017 11:53:18 -0800
From:   Matthew Wilcox <willy@...radead.org>
To:     Dan Williams <dan.j.williams@...el.com>
Cc:     Vlastimil Babka <vbabka@...e.cz>, Jan Kara <jack@...e.cz>,
        Ross Zwisler <ross.zwisler@...ux.intel.com>,
        Christoph Hellwig <hch@...radead.org>,
        linux-fsdevel <linux-fsdevel@...r.kernel.org>,
        "linux-nvdimm@...ts.01.org" <linux-nvdimm@...ts.01.org>,
        Linux MM <linux-mm@...ck.org>,
        Linux API <linux-api@...r.kernel.org>,
        linux-ext4 <linux-ext4@...r.kernel.org>,
        linux-xfs <linux-xfs@...r.kernel.org>,
        "Darrick J . Wong" <darrick.wong@...cle.com>,
        Arnd Bergmann <arnd@...db.de>,
        Andy Lutomirski <luto@...nel.org>,
        Andrew Morton <akpm@...ux-foundation.org>,
        Michal Hocko <mhocko@...nel.org>,
        Kees Cook <keescook@...omium.org>,
        Florian Weimer <fweimer@...hat.com>,
        John Hubbard <jhubbard@...dia.com>,
        "Kirill A. Shutemov" <kirill.shutemov@...ux.intel.com>,
        linux-parisc@...r.kernel.org
Subject: Re: [PATCH 01/18] mm: introduce MAP_SHARED_VALIDATE, a mechanism to
 safely define new mmap flags

On Wed, Nov 22, 2017 at 08:52:37AM -0800, Dan Williams wrote:
> On Wed, Nov 22, 2017 at 4:02 AM, Vlastimil Babka <vbabka@...e.cz> wrote:
> > On 11/01/2017 04:36 PM, Jan Kara wrote:
> >> From: Dan Williams <dan.j.williams@...el.com>
> >>
> >> The mmap(2) syscall suffers from the ABI anti-pattern of not validating
> >> unknown flags. However, proposals like MAP_SYNC need a mechanism to
> >> define new behavior that is known to fail on older kernels without the
> >> support. Define a new MAP_SHARED_VALIDATE flag pattern that is
> >> guaranteed to fail on all legacy mmap implementations.
> >
> > So I'm trying to make sense of this together with Michal's attempt for
> > MAP_FIXED_SAFE [1] where he has to introduce a completely new flag
> > instead of flag modifier exactly for the reason of not validating
> > unknown flags. And my conclusion is that because MAP_SHARED_VALIDATE
> > implies MAP_SHARED and excludes MAP_PRIVATE, MAP_FIXED_SAFE as a
> > modifier cannot build on top of this. Wouldn't thus it be really better
> > long-term to introduce mmap3 at this point? ...
> 
> We have room to define MAP_PRIVATE_VALIDATE in MAP_TYPE on every arch
> except parisc. Can we steal an extra bit for MAP_TYPE from somewhere
> else on parisc?

It looks like 0x08 should work.  But I don't have an HPUX machine around
to check that HP didn't use that bit for something else.

It'd probably help to cc the linux-parisc mailing list when asking
questions about PARISC, eh?

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