Re: [RFC PATCH] restrict /dev/mem to idle io memory ranges

From: Arnd Bergmann
Date: Fri Nov 20 2015 - 15:02:56 EST

On Friday 20 November 2015 09:31:33 Dan Williams wrote:
> semantics by default. If userspace really believes it is safe to access
> the memory region it can also perform the extra step of disabling an
> active driver. This protects device address ranges with read side
> effects and otherwise directs userspace to use the driver.
> Persistent memory presents a large "mistake surface" to /dev/mem as now
> accidental writes can corrupt a filesystem.
> Cc: Kees Cook <keescook@xxxxxxxxxxxx>
> Cc: Russell King <linux@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx>
> Cc: Catalin Marinas <catalin.marinas@xxxxxxx>
> Cc: Will Deacon <will.deacon@xxxxxxx>
> Cc: Benjamin Herrenschmidt <benh@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx>
> Cc: Martin Schwidefsky <schwidefsky@xxxxxxxxxx>
> Cc: Heiko Carstens <heiko.carstens@xxxxxxxxxx>
> Cc: Thomas Gleixner <tglx@xxxxxxxxxxxxx>
> Cc: Ingo Molnar <mingo@xxxxxxxxxx>
> Cc: "H. Peter Anvin" <hpa@xxxxxxxxx>
> Cc: Andrew Morton <akpm@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx>
> Cc: Greg Kroah-Hartman <gregkh@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx>
> Signed-off-by: Dan Williams <dan.j.williams@xxxxxxxxx>

I like the idea.

Maybe split the change up into two patches, where the first one
just does the trivial move of the Kconfig option, and the second
one that changes behavior is small?

There is also a question of whether we actually need two options
or if we can safely make the existing option stricter.

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