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SubjectRe: [PATCH v1 6/7] virtio-mem: use page_offline_(start|end) when setting PageOffline()
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On 02.05.21 08:33, Mike Rapoport wrote:
> On Thu, Apr 29, 2021 at 02:25:18PM +0200, David Hildenbrand wrote:
>> Let's properly use page_offline_(start|end) to synchronize setting
>> PageOffline(), so we won't have valid page access to unplugged memory
>> regions from /proc/kcore.
>>
>> Signed-off-by: David Hildenbrand <david@redhat.com>
>> ---
>> drivers/virtio/virtio_mem.c | 2 ++
>> mm/util.c | 2 ++
>> 2 files changed, 4 insertions(+)
>>
>> diff --git a/drivers/virtio/virtio_mem.c b/drivers/virtio/virtio_mem.c
>> index 10ec60d81e84..dc2a2e2b2ff8 100644
>> --- a/drivers/virtio/virtio_mem.c
>> +++ b/drivers/virtio/virtio_mem.c
>> @@ -1065,6 +1065,7 @@ static int virtio_mem_memory_notifier_cb(struct notifier_block *nb,
>> static void virtio_mem_set_fake_offline(unsigned long pfn,
>> unsigned long nr_pages, bool onlined)
>> {
>> + page_offline_begin();
>> for (; nr_pages--; pfn++) {
>> struct page *page = pfn_to_page(pfn);
>>
>> @@ -1075,6 +1076,7 @@ static void virtio_mem_set_fake_offline(unsigned long pfn,
>> ClearPageReserved(page);
>> }
>> }
>> + page_offline_end();
>
> I'm not really familiar with ballooning and memory hotplug, but is it the
> only place that needs page_offline_{begin,end} ?

Existing balloon implementations that I am aware of (Hyper-V, XEN,
virtio-balloon, vmware-balloon) usually allow reading inflated memory;
doing so might result in unnecessary overhead in the hypervisor, so we
really want to avoid it -- but it's strictly not forbidden and has been
working forever. So we barely care about races: if there would be a rare
race, we'd still be able to read that memory.

For virtio-mem, it'll be different in the future when using shmem, huge
pages, !anonymous private mappings, ... as backing storage for a VM;
there will be a virtio spec extension to document that virtio-mem
changes that indicate the new behavior won't allow reading unplugged
memory and doing so will result in undefined behavior.

--
Thanks,

David / dhildenb

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