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Date:   Tue, 31 Aug 2021 18:48:47 +0000
From:   "Edgecombe, Rick P" <rick.p.edgecombe@...el.com>
To:     "rppt@...nel.org" <rppt@...nel.org>
CC:     "linux-kernel@...r.kernel.org" <linux-kernel@...r.kernel.org>,
        "peterz@...radead.org" <peterz@...radead.org>,
        "keescook@...omium.org" <keescook@...omium.org>,
        "Weiny, Ira" <ira.weiny@...el.com>,
        "linux-hardening@...r.kernel.org" <linux-hardening@...r.kernel.org>,
        "linux-mm@...ck.org" <linux-mm@...ck.org>,
        "vbabka@...e.cz" <vbabka@...e.cz>,
        "x86@...nel.org" <x86@...nel.org>,
        "akpm@...ux-foundation.org" <akpm@...ux-foundation.org>,
        "Williams, Dan J" <dan.j.williams@...el.com>,
        "Lutomirski, Andy" <luto@...nel.org>,
        "kernel-hardening@...ts.openwall.com" 
        <kernel-hardening@...ts.openwall.com>,
        "Hansen, Dave" <dave.hansen@...el.com>,
        "shakeelb@...gle.com" <shakeelb@...gle.com>
Subject: Re: [RFC PATCH v2 10/19] x86/mm: Use alloc_table() for fill_pte(),
 etc

On Tue, 2021-08-31 at 11:47 +0300, Mike Rapoport wrote:
> On Mon, Aug 30, 2021 at 04:59:18PM -0700, Rick Edgecombe wrote:
> > fill_pte(), set_pte_vaddr(), etc allocate page tables with
> > spp_getpage(). Use alloc_table() for these allocations in order to
> > get
> > tables from the cache of protected pages when needed.
> 
>  
> I can't say I tracked all the users of set_pte_vaddr(), but I don't
> see a
> fundamental reason why spp_getpage() would need GFP_ATOMIC.
Yea, I couldn't find why it was done that way in the first place, and
there were almost too many callers to audit. I guess I could roll up my
sleeves an audit it all, but its not foolproof. Or put a warn for
atomic context and pull all of the GFP_ATOMIC code if it doesn't get
triggered after awhile. Also seems weird that it just panics here if
the allocation fails.

>  Even if there
> is a caller of set_pte_vaddr() that cannot sleep, it seems that page
> tables
> can be prepopulated so that set_pte_vaddr() will not need to allocate
> anything.  
Hmm, could work for the fixmap callers I guess (maybe already happening
in practice). Xen and a few other things seems to use this for non-
fixmap things, but it's during init and easier to audit.

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