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Date:   Thu, 13 Aug 2020 12:47:07 +0200
From:   Sebastian Andrzej Siewior <>
To:     Thomas Gleixner <>
Cc:, Ingo Molnar <>,
        Borislav Petkov <>,,
        "H. Peter Anvin" <>
Subject: Re: [PATCH] x86/alternatives: Let __text_poke() acquire the pte lock
 with enabled interrupts

On 2020-08-12 16:39:41 [+0200], Thomas Gleixner wrote:
> Sebastian,
Hi tglx,

> Sebastian Andrzej Siewior <> writes:
> > The pte lock is never acquired from an IRQ-off region so it does not
> > require the interrupts to be disabled.
> I doubt that this is true. It surely is acquired within other locks
> which might be taken with spin_lock_irq(). Which is completely fine on
> RT.
> But that's not the point. The point is that pte_lock() does not require
> to be taken with interrupts disabled.

The IRQ-off vs in-IRQ working was chosen poorly.

> Please be precise about these kind of things. Handwavy descriptions
> cause more problems than they solve.
> > RT complains here because the spinlock_t must not be acquired with
> > disabled interrupts.
> >
> > use_temporary_mm() expects interrupts to be off because it invokes
> > switch_mm_irqs_off() and uses per-CPU (current active mm) data.
> >
> > Move local_irq_save() after the the pte lock has been acquired. Move
> > local_irq_restore() after the pte lock has been released.
> While part 1 is correct, part 2 is the exact opposite of what the patch
> does.
>   Move the PTE lock handling outside the interrupt disabled region.
> describes precisely what this is about without any gory details which
> can be seen in the patch itself. Hmm?

Oki reworded.

> Thanks,
>         tglx


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