Re: [PATCH v9 01/42] mm: Rename arch pte_mkwrite()'s to pte_mkwrite_novma()

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On Mon, Jun 12, 2023 at 05:10:27PM -0700, Rick Edgecombe wrote:
> The x86 Shadow stack feature includes a new type of memory called shadow
> stack. This shadow stack memory has some unusual properties, which requires
> some core mm changes to function properly.
> One of these unusual properties is that shadow stack memory is writable,
> but only in limited ways. These limits are applied via a specific PTE
> bit combination. Nevertheless, the memory is writable, and core mm code
> will need to apply the writable permissions in the typical paths that
> call pte_mkwrite(). Future patches will make pte_mkwrite() take a VMA, so
> that the x86 implementation of it can know whether to create regular
> writable memory or shadow stack memory.

Nit:                            ^ mapping?

> But there are a couple of challenges to this. Modifying the signatures of
> each arch pte_mkwrite() implementation would be error prone because some
> are generated with macros and would need to be re-implemented. Also, some
> pte_mkwrite() callers operate on kernel memory without a VMA.
> So this can be done in a three step process. First pte_mkwrite() can be
> renamed to pte_mkwrite_novma() in each arch, with a generic pte_mkwrite()
> added that just calls pte_mkwrite_novma(). Next callers without a VMA can
> be moved to pte_mkwrite_novma(). And lastly, pte_mkwrite() and all callers
> can be changed to take/pass a VMA.
> Start the process by renaming pte_mkwrite() to pte_mkwrite_novma() and
> adding the pte_mkwrite() wrapper in linux/pgtable.h. Apply the same
> pattern for pmd_mkwrite(). Since not all archs have a pmd_mkwrite_novma(),
> create a new arch config HAS_HUGE_PAGE that can be used to tell if
> pmd_mkwrite() should be defined. Otherwise in the !HAS_HUGE_PAGE cases the
> compiler would not be able to find pmd_mkwrite_novma().
> No functional change.
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> Suggested-by: Linus Torvalds <torvalds@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx>
> Signed-off-by: Rick Edgecombe <rick.p.edgecombe@xxxxxxxxx>
> Link:

Reviewed-by: Mike Rapoport (IBM) <rppt@xxxxxxxxxx>

Sincerely yours,

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