Re: [PATCHv3 07/17] x86/mm: Preserve KeyID on pte_modify() and pgprot_modify()

From: Dave Hansen
Date: Fri Jun 15 2018 - 09:43:14 EST

On 06/15/2018 05:57 AM, Kirill A. Shutemov wrote:
>> This makes me a bit nervous. We have some places (here) where we
>> pretend that the KeyID is part of the paddr and then other places like
>> pte_pfn() where it's not.
> Other option is to include KeyID mask into _PAGE_CHG_MASK. But it means
> _PAGE_CHG_MASK would need to reference *two* variables: physical_mask and
> mktme_keyid_mask. I mentioned this in the commit message.

Why can't it be one variable with a different name that's populated by
OR'ing physical_mask and mktme_keyid_mask together?

My issue here is that it this approach adds confusion around the logical
separation between physical address and the bits immediately above the
physical address in the PTE that are stolen for the keyID.

Whatever you come up with will probably fine, as long as things that are
called "PFN" or physical address don't also get used for keyID bits.