Re: [PATCH -next 1/2] mm/memfd: make F_SEAL_FUTURE_WRITE seal more robust

From: Andrew Morton
Date: Sat Nov 24 2018 - 19:42:40 EST

On Thu, 22 Nov 2018 15:09:06 -0800 Joel Fernandes <joel@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx> wrote:

> Android uses ashmem for sharing memory regions. We are looking forward to
> migrating all usecases of ashmem to memfd so that we can possibly remove
> the ashmem driver in the future from staging while also benefiting from
> using memfd and contributing to it. Note staging drivers are also not ABI
> and generally can be removed at anytime.
> One of the main usecases Android has is the ability to create a region and
> mmap it as writeable, then add protection against making any "future"
> writes while keeping the existing already mmap'ed writeable-region active.
> This allows us to implement a usecase where receivers of the shared
> memory buffer can get a read-only view, while the sender continues to
> write to the buffer. See CursorWindow documentation in Android for more
> details:
> This usecase cannot be implemented with the existing F_SEAL_WRITE seal.
> To support the usecase, this patch adds a new F_SEAL_FUTURE_WRITE seal
> which prevents any future mmap and write syscalls from succeeding while
> keeping the existing mmap active.
> A better way to do F_SEAL_FUTURE_WRITE seal was discussed [1] last week
> where we don't need to modify core VFS structures to get the same
> behavior of the seal. This solves several side-effects pointed by Andy.
> self-tests are provided in later patch to verify the expected semantics.
> [1]

This changelog doesn't have the nifty test case code which was in
earlier versions?