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SubjectRe: [PATCH 4/5] x86/ftrace: Remove SYSTEM_BOOTING exceptions
On Tue, Oct 25, 2022 at 04:59:56PM -0400, Steven Rostedt wrote:
> On Tue, 25 Oct 2022 22:07:00 +0200
> Peter Zijlstra <> wrote:
> > Now that text_poke is available before ftrace, remove the
> > SYSTEM_BOOTING exceptions.
> >
> > Specifically, this cures a W+X case during boot.
> We have W+X all over the place (the entire kernel text). And I don't think
> we really want this.
> This will slow down boots in general, as it will cause all static_branches
> to use this memory page logic. And I don't think we really want to do
> that at boot up when we don't need to.

Both static_call and jump_label explicitly call text_poke_early() when

> I would change this to:
> if (unlikely(system_state == SYSTEM_BOOTING) &&
> core_kernel_text((unsigned long)addr)) {
> This way we still do memcpy() on all core kernel text which is still
> writable. It was the ftrace allocated trampoline that caused issues, not
> the locations that were being updated.

I would suggest changing ftrace to call text_poke_early() when
appropriate if it matters (it already does a little of that); doing a
boot test with and without my patch 4 on shows no noticable overhead
over being horribly slow either way.

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