Re: Regression: Requiring CAP_SYS_ADMIN for /proc/<pid>/pagemap causes application-level breakage

From: Konstantin Khlebnikov
Date: Wed Apr 29 2015 - 16:44:15 EST

On Wed, Apr 29, 2015 at 11:33 PM, Linus Torvalds
<torvalds@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx> wrote:
> On Wed, Apr 29, 2015 at 12:36 PM, Kirill A. Shutemov
> <kirill@xxxxxxxxxxxxx> wrote:
>> Emm.. I have hard time to understand how writable bit is enough to get
>> soft-dirty-alike functionality.
> I don't think it is.
> For anonymous pages, maybe you can play tricks with comparing the page
> 'anon_vma' with the vma->anon_vma.
> I haven't really thought that through, but does something like
> static inline bool page_is_dirty_in_vma(struct page *page, struct
> vm_area_struct *vma)
> {
> struct anon_vma *anon_vma = vma->anon_vma;
> return page->mapping == (void *)anon_vma + PAGE_MAPPING_ANON;
> }
> end up working as a "page has been dirtied in this mapping"?

This's no longer true. After recent fixes for "anon_vma endless growing" new vma
might reuse old anon_vma from grandparent vma.

> If the page came from another process and hasn't been written to, it
> will have the anon_vma pointing to the originalting vma.
> I may be high on some bad drugs, though. As mentioned, I didn't really
> think this through.
> Linus
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