Re: [PATCH 6/6] x86/vdso: Move out the CPU number store

From: Andy Lutomirski
Date: Tue Jun 05 2018 - 06:22:42 EST

On Mon, Jun 4, 2018 at 10:36 PM H. Peter Anvin <hpa@xxxxxxxxx> wrote:
> On 06/04/18 20:57, Mika Penttilà wrote:
> >
> > This won't work on X86-32 because it actually uses the segment limit with fs: access. So there
> > is a reason why the lsl based method is X86-64 only.
> >
> <thinks out loud>
> Why does that matter in any shape, way, or form? The LSL instruction
> doesn't touch any of the segment registers, it just uses a segment
> selector number.
> <looks at code>
> I see... we have a VERY unfortunate name collision: the x86-64
> GDT_ENTRY_PERC_PU and the i386 GDT_ENTRY_PERCPU are in fact two
> completely different things, with the latter being the actual percpu
> offset used by the kernel.
> So yes, this patch is wrong, because the naming of the x86-64 segment is
> insane especially in the proximity of the -- it should be something
> Unfortunately we probably can't use the same GDT entry on x86-32 and
> x86-64, because entry 15 (selector 0x7b) is USER_DS, which is something
> we really don't want to screw with. This means i386 programs that
> execute LSL directly for whatever reason will have to understand the
> difference, but most of the other segment numbers differ as well,
> including user space %cs (USER_CS/USER32_CS) and %ds/%es/%ss (USER_DS).
> Perhaps we could bump down segments 23-28 by one and put it as 23, that
> way the CPU_NUMBER segment would always be at %ss+80 for the default
> (flat, initial) user space %ss. (We want to specify using %ss rather
> than %ds, because it is less likely to be changed and because 64 bits,
> too, have %ss defined, but not %ds.)
> <action item>
> Rename the x86-64 segment to CPU_NUMBER, fixing the naming conflict.

Yes, agreed. Probably as its own patch *before* the rest of this cleanup.

> Add 1 to GDT entry numbers 23-28 for i386 (all of these are
> kernel-internal segments and so have no impact on user space).
> Add i386 CPU_NUMBER equivalent to x86-64 at GDT entry 23.
> Document the above relationship between segments.

Sure, but also as a standalone patch, please.

> OK, everyone?
> -hpa