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SubjectRe: [PATCH 0/6] x86: 5-level paging enabling for v4.12, Part 1
On Tue, Mar 14, 2017 at 10:48:51AM -0700, Linus Torvalds wrote:
> On Tue, Mar 14, 2017 at 12:47 AM, Ingo Molnar <mingo@kernel.org> wrote:
> >
> > I've also applied the GUP patch, with the assumption that you'll address Linus's
> > request to switch x86 over to the generic version.
>
> Note that switching over to the generic version is somewhat fraught
> with subtle issues:
>
> (a) we need to make sure that x86 actually matches the required
> semantics for the generic GUP.
>
> (b) we need to make sure the atomicity of the page table reads is ok.
>
> (c) need to verify the maximum VM address properly
>
> I _think_ (a) is ok. The code (and the config option name) talks about
> freeing page tables using RCU, but in fact I don't think it relies on
> it, and it's sufficient that it disables interrupts and that that will
> block any IPI's.
>
> In contrast, I think (b) needs real work to make sure it's ok on
> 32-bit PAE with 64-bit pte entries. The generic code currently just
> does READ_ONCE(), while the x86 code does gup_get_pte().

+ Andrea.

Looking on gup_get_pte() makes me thinkg, why don't we need the same
approach for pmd level (pud is not relevant for PAE)?

Looks like a bug to me.

We have pmd_read_atomic() to address the issue in other places. The helper
doesn't match required for GUP_fast() semantics, but we clearly need to
address the issue.

pgd deference doesn't look good too on PAE. Or am I missing something?

Heck, we don't even have READ_ONCE() on x86 for page table entry
dereference. Looks like a bug waiting to explode. And not only on PAE.

--
Kirill A. Shutemov

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