Re: m(un)map kmalloc buffers to userspace

From: Sebastian Frias
Date: Thu Dec 10 2015 - 08:37:46 EST

On 12/10/2015 12:40 PM, Michal Hocko wrote:
On Wed 09-12-15 16:35:53, Sebastian Frias wrote:
We've seen that drivers/media/pci/zoran/zoran_driver.c for example seems to
be doing as us kmalloc+remap_pfn_range,

This driver is broken - I will post a patch.

Ok, we'll be glad to see a good example, please keep us posted.

is there any guarantee (or at least an advised heuristic) to determine
if a driver is "current" (ie: uses the latest APIs and works)?

OK, it seems I was overly optimistic when directing you to existing
drivers. Sorry about that I wasn't aware you could find such a terrible
code there. Please refer to Linux Device Drivers book which should give
you a much better lead (e.g.

Thank you for the link.
The current code of our driver was has portions written following LDD3, however, we it seems that LDD3 advice is not relevant anymore.
Indeed, it talks about VM_RESERVED, it talks about using "nopage" and it says that remap_pfn_range cannot be used for pages from get_user_page (or kmalloc).
It seems such assertions are valid on older kernels, because the code stops working on 3.4+ if we use remap_pfn_range the same way than drivers/media/pci/zoran/zoran_driver.c
However, kmalloc+remap_pfn_range does work on 4.1.13+
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