Re: [RFC PATCH] sys_membarrier(): system/process-wide memory barrier (x86) (v12)

From: Mathieu Desnoyers
Date: Mon Mar 16 2015 - 11:49:37 EST

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> To: "Peter Zijlstra" <peterz@xxxxxxxxxxxxx>
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> Subject: Re: [RFC PATCH] sys_membarrier(): system/process-wide memory barrier (x86) (v12)
> On Mon, 16 Mar 2015 15:19:39 +0100
> Peter Zijlstra <peterz@xxxxxxxxxxxxx> wrote:
> >
> > I suppose this is an unprivileged syscall; so what do we do about:
> >
> > for (;;)
> > sys_membar(EXPEDITED);
> >
> > Which would spray the entire system with IPIs at break neck speed.
> Perhaps it should be rate limited. Have parameters (controlled via
> sysctl) that will only allow so many of these per ms. If it exceeds it,
> then the call will end up being a schedule_timeout() till it is allowed
> to continue. Thus, the above will spit out a few hundred IPIs, then
> sleep for a millisecond, and then spit out another hundred IPIs and
> sleep again.
> That would prevent any DoS attacks.

As I pointed out in my other email, EXPEDITED | ~PRIVATE currently
returns -EINVAL. The only way to do a system-wide barrier with
this membarrier implementation is to use synchronize_sched() (~EXPEDITED),
which I strongly doubt would perform a DoS.

If we eventually care about a EXPEDITED | ~PRIVATE implementation,
then I agree that rate limiting might be a good way to do it. I would
be a bit uncomfortable sending IPIs to _all_ CPUs though, even with
rate limiting. But perhaps it's a non-issue ?



Mathieu Desnoyers
EfficiOS Inc.
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