Re: [PATCH v3 2/3] arm64: implement update_fdt_pgprot()

From: Mark Rutland
Date: Thu May 16 2019 - 10:45:10 EST

On Thu, May 16, 2019 at 09:37:05AM -0500, Rob Herring wrote:
> On Thu, May 16, 2019 at 5:28 AM Hsin-Yi Wang <hsinyi@xxxxxxxxxxxx> wrote:
> >
> > Basically does similar things like __fixmap_remap_fdt(). It's supposed
> > to be called after fixmap_remap_fdt() is called at least once, so region
> > checking can be skipped. Since it needs to know dt physical address, make
> > a copy of the value of __fdt_pointer.
> >
> > Signed-off-by: Hsin-Yi Wang <hsinyi@xxxxxxxxxxxx>
> > ---
> > arch/arm64/kernel/setup.c | 2 ++
> > arch/arm64/mm/mmu.c | 17 +++++++++++++++++
> > 2 files changed, 19 insertions(+)
> Why not just map the FDT R/W at the start and change it to RO just
> before calling unflatten_device_tree? Then all the FDT scanning
> functions or any future fixups we need can just assume R/W. That is
> essentially what Stephen suggested. However, there's no need for a
> weak function as it can all be done within the arch code.
> However, I'm still wondering why the FDT needs to be RO in the first place.

We want to preserve the original FDT in a pristine form for kexec (and
when exposed to userspace), and mapping it RO was the easiest way to
catch it being randomly modified (e.g. without fixups applied).

I'd prefer to keep it RO once we've removed/cleared certain properties
from the chosen node that don't make sense to pass on for kexec