Re: [PATCH v2 4/4] x86/vmalloc: Add TLB efficient x86 arch_vunmap
From: Edgecombe, Rick P
Date: Wed Dec 12 2018 - 16:05:57 EST
On Wed, 2018-12-12 at 06:30 +0000, Nadav Amit wrote:
> > On Dec 11, 2018, at 4:03 PM, Rick Edgecombe <rick.p.edgecombe@xxxxxxxxx>
> > wrote:
> > This adds a more efficient x86 architecture specific implementation of
> > arch_vunmap, that can free any type of special permission memory with only 1
> > TLB
> > flush.
> > In order to enable this, _set_pages_p and _set_pages_np are made non-static
> > and
> > renamed set_pages_p_noflush and set_pages_np_noflush to better communicate
> > their different (non-flushing) behavior from the rest of the set_pages_*
> > functions.
> > The method for doing this with only 1 TLB flush was suggested by Andy
> > Lutomirski.
> > + /*
> > + * If the vm being freed has security sensitive capabilities such as
> > + * executable we need to make sure there is no W window on the directmap
> > + * before removing the X in the TLB. So we set not present first so we
> > + * can flush without any other CPU picking up the mapping. Then we reset
> > + * RW+P without a flush, since NP prevented it from being cached by
> > + * other cpus.
> > + */
> > + set_area_direct_np(area);
> > + vm_unmap_aliases();
> Does vm_unmap_aliases() flush in the TLB the direct mapping range as well? I
> can only find the flush of the vmalloc range.
Hmmm. It should usually (I tested), but now I wonder if there are cases where it
doesn't and it could depend on architecture as well. I'll have to trace through
this to verify, thanks.