Re: [PATCH RFC 0/9] PKS write protected page tables

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On Tue, 2021-05-04 at 23:25 -0700, Kees Cook wrote:
> > infrastructure follow-on’s are planned to enable keys to be set to
> > the same 
> > permissions globally. Since this usage needs a key to be set globally
> > read-only by default, a small temporary solution is hacked up in
> > patch 8. Long 
> > term, PKS protected page tables would use a better and more generic
> > solution 
> > to achieve this.
> > 
> > [1]
> >
> Ah, neat!
> > [2]
> >
> Ooh. What does this do for performance? It sounds like less TLB
> pressure, IIUC?

Yea, less TLB pressure, faster page table walks in theory. There was
some testing that showed having all 4k pages was bad for performance:

I'm not sure exactly how much breakage is needed before problems start
to show up, but there was also someone posting that large amounts of
tracing was noticeable for their workload.

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