Re: [PATCH v2] drivers/kmem: disable on arm64
From: Will Deacon
Date: Mon Jun 19 2017 - 11:03:27 EST
On Mon, Jun 19, 2017 at 04:37:24PM +0200, Ard Biesheuvel wrote:
> On arm64, the /dev/kmem driver barely works, given that it assumes that
> VMALLOC_START > PAGE_OFFSET, which is not the case on arm64. Due to the
Probably worth being explicit about the failure mode here (the commit
message you had in your RFC was much better ;).
> dubious value of kmem on an architecture such as arm64, which is fairly
> new and is not as forgiving as other architectures when it comes to
> userland accesses to kernel memory using mismatched attributes*, let's
> disable it altogether if CONFIG_ARM64=y.
> * Mappings in the vmalloc region will be accessed using vread/vwrite when
> reading/writing to/from /dev/kmem, which will perform these accesses by
> kmap()'ing each page using writeback cacheable attributes. This will be
> correct in most cases, but this is not guaranteed.
> Signed-off-by: Ard Biesheuvel <ard.biesheuvel@xxxxxxxxxx>
> drivers/char/Kconfig | 2 ++
> 1 file changed, 2 insertions(+)
> diff --git a/drivers/char/Kconfig b/drivers/char/Kconfig
> index 31adbebf812e..8102ee7b3247 100644
> --- a/drivers/char/Kconfig
> +++ b/drivers/char/Kconfig
> @@ -17,6 +17,8 @@ config DEVMEM
> config DEVKMEM
> bool "/dev/kmem virtual device support"
> + # On arm64, VMALLOC_START < PAGE_OFFSET, which confuses kmem read/write
> + depends on !ARM64
> Say Y here if you want to support the /dev/kmem device. The
> /dev/kmem device is rarely used, but can be used for certain