Re: [RFC][PATCHES] iov_iter.c rewrite

From: Linus Torvalds
Date: Mon Dec 08 2014 - 13:57:36 EST

On Mon, Dec 8, 2014 at 10:46 AM, Al Viro <viro@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx> wrote:
> On Mon, Dec 08, 2014 at 10:37:51AM -0800, Linus Torvalds wrote:
>> How about we make "kernel_read()" just clear O_DIRECT? Does that fix
>> it to just use copies?
> Umm... clearing O_DIRECT on struct file that might have other references
> to it isn't nice, to put it mildly...


> Frankly, stopping iov_iter_get_pages() on the first page in vmalloc/module
> space looks like the sanest strategy anyway. We'd get the same behaviour
> as we used to, and as for finit_module(2), well... put "fails if given
> an O_DIRECT descriptor" and be done with that.

If it used to fail, then by all means, just make this a failure in the
new model. I really don't want to make core infrastructure silently
just call vmalloc_to_page() to make things "work".

And if it used to do "get_user_pages_fast()" then the old code really
didn't work on vmalloc ranges anyway, since that one checks for not
just _PAGE_PRESENT but also _PAGE_USER, which won't be set on a
vmalloc() page. In fact, it should have failed on *all* kernel pages.

> Alternatively, we can really go for
> page = is_vmalloc_or_module_addr(addr) ? vmalloc_to_page(addr)
> : virt_to_page(addr)
> *pages++ = get_page(page);

actually, no we cannot. Thinking some more about it, that
"get_page(page)" is wrong in _all_ cases. It actually works better for
vmalloc pages than for normal 1:1 pages, since it's actually seriously
and *horrendously* wrong for the case of random kernel addresses which
may not even be refcounted to begin with.

So the whole "get_page()" thing is broken. Iterating over pages in a
KVEC is simply wrong, wrong, wrong. It needs to fail.

Iterating over a KVEC to *copy* data is ok. But no page lookup stuff
or page reference things.

The old code that apparently used "get_user_pages_fast()" was ok
almost by mistake, because it fails on all kernel pages.

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