Re: [PATCH 6/9] x86, pkeys: add pkey set/get syscalls

From: Dave Hansen
Date: Mon Jul 18 2016 - 14:02:33 EST

On 07/09/2016 01:37 AM, Ingo Molnar wrote:
> I.e. this pattern:
> ret = pkey_mprotect(NULL, PAGE_SIZE, real_prot, pkey);
> ... would validate the pkey and we'd return -EOPNOTSUPP for pkey that is not
> available? This would allow maximum future flexibility as it would not define
> kernel allocated pkeys as a 'range'.

Isn't this multiplexing an otherwise straightforward system call? In
addition to providing pkey assignment to memory, it would also being
used to pass pkey allocation information independently from any use for
memory assignment.

The complexity of the ABI comes from its behavior, not from the raw
number of system calls that are needed to implement it. IOW, this makes
the ABI *more* complicated.