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Date:	Mon, 9 Nov 2009 10:32:52 +0000 (GMT)
From:	Hugh Dickins <hugh.dickins@...cali.co.uk>
To:	Andi Kleen <andi@...stfloor.org>
cc:	Mark Veltzer <mark.veltzer@...il.com>, linux-kernel@...r.kernel.org
Subject: Re: get_user_pages question

On Mon, 9 Nov 2009, Andi Kleen wrote:
> Mark Veltzer <mark.veltzer@...il.com> writes:
> >
> > I am testing this kernel module with several buffers from user space allocated 
> > in several different ways. heap, data segment, static variable in function and 
> > stack. All scenarious work EXCEPT the stack one. When passing the stack buffer 
> > the kernel sees one thing while user space sees another.
> 
> In theory it should work, stack is no different from any other pages.
> First thought was that you used some platform with incoherent caches,
> but that doesn't seem to be the case if it's standard x86.

It may be irrelevant to Mark's stack case, but it is worth mentioning
the fork problem: how a process does get_user_pages to pin down a buffer
somewhere in anonymous memory, a thread forks (write protecting anonymous
memory shared between parent and child), child userspace writes to a
location in the same page as that buffer, causing copy-on-write which
breaks the connection between the get_user_pages buffer and what child
userspace sees there afterwards.

Hugh
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