Re: TLB flushes on fixmap changes

From: Jann Horn
Date: Sun Aug 26 2018 - 18:48:44 EST

On Sun, Aug 26, 2018 at 6:21 AM Andy Lutomirski <luto@xxxxxxxxxx> wrote:
> On Sat, Aug 25, 2018 at 7:23 PM, Masami Hiramatsu <mhiramat@xxxxxxxxxx> wrote:
> > On Fri, 24 Aug 2018 21:23:26 -0700
> > Andy Lutomirski <luto@xxxxxxxxxx> wrote:
> >> Couldn't text_poke() use kmap_atomic()? Or, even better, just change CR3?
> >
> > No, since kmap_atomic() is only for x86_32 and highmem support kernel.
> > In x86-64, it seems that returns just a page address. That is not
> > good for text_poke, since it needs to make a writable alias for RO
> > code page. Hmm, maybe, can we mimic copy_oldmem_page(), it uses ioremap_cache?
> >
> I just re-read text_poke(). It's, um, horrible. Not only is the
> implementation overcomplicated and probably buggy, but it's SLOOOOOW.
> It's totally the wrong API -- poking one instruction at a time
> basically can't be efficient on x86. The API should either poke lots
> of instructions at once or should be text_poke_begin(); ...;
> text_poke_end();.
> Anyway, the attached patch seems to boot. Linus, Kees, etc: is this
> too scary of an approach? With the patch applied, text_poke() is a
> fantastic exploit target. On the other hand, even without the patch
> applied, text_poke() is every bit as juicy.

Twiddling CR0.WP is incompatible with Xen PV, right? It can't let you
do it because you're not actually running in ring 0 (but in ring 1 or
3), so CR0.WP has no influence on what you can access; and it must not
let you bypass write protection because you have read-only access to
host page tables. I think this code has to be compatible with Xen PV,

In theory Xen PV could support this by emulating X86 instructions, but
I don't see anything related to CR0.WP in their emulation code. From

case 0: /* Write CR0 */
if ( (val ^ read_cr0()) & ~X86_CR0_TS )
"Attempt to change unmodifiable CR0 flags\n");
do_fpu_taskswitch(!!(val & X86_CR0_TS));
return X86EMUL_OKAY;

Having a special fallback path for "patch kernel code while running
under Xen PV" would be kinda ugly.