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Date:   Thu, 16 Sep 2021 12:04:31 +1000
From:   Jordan Niethe <jniethe5@...il.com>
To:     "Christopher M. Riedl" <cmr@...escreens.de>
Cc:     linuxppc-dev <linuxppc-dev@...ts.ozlabs.org>,
        linux-hardening@...r.kernel.org
Subject: Re: [PATCH v6 4/4] powerpc/64s: Initialize and use a temporary mm for
 patching on Radix

On Thu, Sep 16, 2021 at 10:40 AM Christopher M. Riedl
<cmr@...escreens.de> wrote:
>
> On Tue Sep 14, 2021 at 11:24 PM CDT, Jordan Niethe wrote:
> > On Sat, Sep 11, 2021 at 12:39 PM Christopher M. Riedl
> > <cmr@...escreens.de> wrote:
> > > ...
> > > +/*
> > > + * This can be called for kernel text or a module.
> > > + */
> > > +static int map_patch_mm(const void *addr, struct patch_mapping *patch_mapping)
> > > +{
> > > +       struct page *page;
> > > +       struct mm_struct *patching_mm = __this_cpu_read(cpu_patching_mm);
> > > +       unsigned long patching_addr = __this_cpu_read(cpu_patching_addr);
> > > +
> > > +       if (is_vmalloc_or_module_addr(addr))
> > > +               page = vmalloc_to_page(addr);
> > > +       else
> > > +               page = virt_to_page(addr);
> > > +
> > > +       patch_mapping->ptep = get_locked_pte(patching_mm, patching_addr,
> > > +                                            &patch_mapping->ptl);
> > > +       if (unlikely(!patch_mapping->ptep)) {
> > > +               pr_warn("map patch: failed to allocate pte for patching\n");
> > > +               return -1;
> > > +       }
> > > +
> > > +       set_pte_at(patching_mm, patching_addr, patch_mapping->ptep,
> > > +                  pte_mkdirty(mk_pte(page, PAGE_KERNEL)));
> >
> > I think because switch_mm_irqs_off() will not necessarily have a
> > barrier so a ptesync would be needed.
> > A spurious fault here from __patch_instruction() would not be handled
> > correctly.
>
> Sorry I don't quite follow - can you explain this to me in a bit more
> detail?

radix__set_pte_at() skips calling ptesync as an optimization.
If there is no ordering between changing the pte and then accessing
the page with __patch_instruction(), a spurious fault could be raised.
I think such a fault would end up being causing bad_kernel_fault() ->
true and would not be fixed up.

I thought there might be a barrier in switch_mm_irqs_off() that would
provide this ordering but afaics that is not always the case.

So I think that we need to have a ptesync after set_pte_at().

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