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Date:   Wed, 22 May 2019 10:40:19 -0700 (PDT)
From:   David Miller <>
Subject: Re: [PATCH v2] vmalloc: Fix issues with flush flag

From: "Edgecombe, Rick P" <>
Date: Tue, 21 May 2019 01:59:54 +0000

> On Mon, 2019-05-20 at 18:43 -0700, David Miller wrote:
>> From: "Edgecombe, Rick P" <>
>> Date: Tue, 21 May 2019 01:20:33 +0000
>> > Should it handle executing an unmapped page gracefully? Because
>> > this
>> > change is causing that to happen much earlier. If something was
>> > relying
>> > on a cached translation to execute something it could find the
>> > mapping
>> > disappear.
>> Does this work by not mapping any kernel mappings at the beginning,
>> and then filling in the BPF mappings in response to faults?
> No, nothing too fancy. It just flushes the vm mapping immediatly in
> vfree for execute (and RO) mappings. The only thing that happens around
> allocation time is setting of a new flag to tell vmalloc to do the
> flush.
> The problem before was that the pages would be freed before the execute
> mapping was flushed. So then when the pages got recycled, random,
> sometimes coming from userspace, data would be mapped as executable in
> the kernel by the un-flushed tlb entries.

If I am to understand things correctly, there was a case where 'end'
could be smaller than 'start' when doing a range flush.  That would
definitely kill some of the sparc64 TLB flush routines.

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