Re: [PATCH v2 08/39] x86/mm: Remove _PAGE_DIRTY from kernel RO pages

From: Peter Zijlstra
Date: Wed Oct 05 2022 - 07:17:02 EST

On Wed, Oct 05, 2022 at 01:31:28AM +0000, Andrew Cooper wrote:
> On 29/09/2022 23:29, Rick Edgecombe wrote:
> > From: Yu-cheng Yu <yu-cheng.yu@xxxxxxxxx>
> >
> > Processors sometimes directly create Write=0,Dirty=1 PTEs.
> Do they? (Rhetorical)
> Yes, this is a relevant anecdote for why CET isn't available on pre-TGL
> parts, but it one of the more wrong things to have as the first sentence
> of this commit message.
> The point you want to express is that under the CET-SS spec, R/O+Dirty
> has a new meaning as type=shstk, so stop using this bit combination for
> existing mappings.
> I'm not even sure it's relevant to note that CET capable processors can
> set D on a R/O mapping, because that depends on !CR0.WP which in turn
> prohibits CR4.CET being enabled.

Whilst I agree that the Changelog is 'suboptimal' -- I do think it might
be good to mention how we ended up at the current state where we
explicitly set this non-sensical W=0,D=1 state.

Looking at the git history this seems to be a bit of a hysterical
accident, not something done on purpose to 'optimize' for these weird