Re: [PATCH v1 3/5] mm: ptdump: Provide page size to notepage()

From: Christophe Leroy
Date: Mon Apr 19 2021 - 09:17:58 EST

Le 16/04/2021 à 12:51, Steven Price a écrit :
On 16/04/2021 11:38, Christophe Leroy wrote:

Le 16/04/2021 à 11:28, Steven Price a écrit :
On 15/04/2021 18:18, Christophe Leroy wrote:

To be honest I don't fully understand why powerpc requires the page_size - it appears to be using it purely to find "holes" in the calls to note_page(), but I haven't worked out why such holes would occur.

I was indeed introduced for KASAN. We have a first commit which uses page size to detect whether it is a KASAN like stuff.

Then came as a fix. I can't remember what the problem was exactly, something around the use of hugepages for kernel memory, came as part of the series

Ah, that's useful context. So it looks like powerpc took a different route to reducing the KASAN output to x86.

Given the generic ptdump code has handling for KASAN already it should be possible to drop that from the powerpc arch code, which I think means we don't actually need to provide page size to notepage(). Hopefully that means more code to delete ;)

Looking at how the generic ptdump code handles KASAN, I'm a bit sceptic.

IIUC, it is checking that kasan_early_shadow_pte is in the same page as the pgtable referred by the PMD entry. But what happens if that PMD entry is referring another pgtable which is inside the same page as kasan_early_shadow_pte ?

Shouldn't the test be

if (pmd_page_vaddr(val) == lm_alias(kasan_early_shadow_pte))
return note_kasan_page_table(walk, addr);