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SubjectRe: [PATCH 0/3] makedumpfile: hugepage filtering for vmcore dump
On 2013/12/03 18:06:13, kexec <> wrote:
> >> This is a suggestion from different point of view...
> >>
> >> In general, data on crash dump can be corrupted. Thus, order contained in a page
> >> descriptor can also be corrupted. For example, if the corrupted value were a huge
> >> number, wide range of pages after buddy page would be filtered falsely.
> >>
> >> So, actually we should sanity check data in crash dump before using them for application
> >> level feature. I've picked up order contained in page descriptor, so there would be other
> >> data used in makedumpfile that are not checked.
> >
> > What you said is reasonable, but how will you do such sanity check ?
> > Certain standard values are necessary for sanity check, how will
> > you prepare such values ?
> > (Get them from kernel source and hard-code them in makedumpfile ?)
> >
> >> Unlike diskdump, we no longer need to care about kernel/hardware level data integrity
> >> outside of user-land, but we still care about data its own integrity.
> >>
> >> On the other hand, if we do it, we might face some difficulty, for example, hardness of
> >> maintenance or performance bottleneck; it might be the reason why we don't see sanity
> >> check in makedumpfile now.
> >
> > There are many values which should be checked, e.g. page.flags, page._count,
> > page.mapping, and so on.
> > If we introduce sanity check for them, the issues you mentioned will be appear
> > distinctly.
> >
> > So I think makedumpfile has to trust crash dump in practice.
> >
> Yes, I don't mean such very drastic checking; I understand hardness because I often
> handle/write this kind of code; I don't want to fight tremendously many dependencies...
> So we need to concentrate on things that can affect makedumpfile's behavior significantly,
> e.g. infinite loop caused by broken linked list objects, buffer overrun cauesd by large values
> from broken data, etc. We should be able to deal with them by carefully handling
> dump data against makedumpfile's runtime data structure, e.g., buffer size.
> Is it OK to consider this is a policy of makedumpfile for data corruption?

Of course, if there is a very simple and effective check for a dump data,
then we can take it.

Atsushi Kumagai

> --
> Thanks.
> HATAYAMA, Daisuke
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