Re: [patch 0/5] Support for sanitization flag in low-level page allocator

From: Pekka Enberg
Date: Sun May 31 2009 - 06:29:03 EST

Hi Alan,

On Sun, May 31, 2009 at 2:10 AM, Alan Cox <alan@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx> wrote:
#2 Using kzfree() to clear specific bits of memory (and I question the
kzfree implementation as it seems ksize can return numbers much much
bigger than the allocated space you need to clear - correct but oversize)
or using other flags. I'd favour kzfree personally (and fixing it to work
Well, yes, that's what kzfree() needs to do given the current API. I
am not sure why you think it's a problem, though. Adding a size
argument to the function will make it more error prone.

Alan Cox wrote:
Definitely - am I right however that

x = kzalloc(size, flags)

can memset a good deal more memory (still safely) than "size" to zero ?

Yes because we actually _allocate_ more than requested the 'size' and the generic allocator has no way of knowing whether how much of the allocated region was actually used by the caller.

Alan Cox wrote:
That has performance relevance if so and it ought to at least be

Makes sense.

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