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Date: Wed, 16 Nov 2016 18:32:43 +0100
From: Peter Zijlstra <>
To: Rik van Riel <>
Cc:, Will Deacon <>,
	Greg KH <>,
	David Windsor <>,
	Elena Reshetova <>,
	Arnd Bergmann <>, Thomas Gleixner <>,
	Ingo Molnar <>,
	"H. Peter Anvin" <>
Subject: Re: Re: [RFC v4 PATCH 00/13] HARDENED_ATOMIC

On Wed, Nov 16, 2016 at 12:09:16PM -0500, Rik van Riel wrote:
> On Tue, 2016-11-15 at 09:23 -0800, Kees Cook wrote:

> > Right, but it's the continuing atomic_t use that concerns me...
> Can we remove inc_not_zero and dec_and_test functionality
> from the atomic_t macros?
> It would require fixing all of the in tree code, and after
> that people with out of tree code would have to switch to
> refcount_t to make their code work again.

People will just use (atomic_add_return(-1, &refcount) == 0) instead, or
any other variant along those lines.

And the inc_not_zero() users are typically more advanced, since that
almost always implies them using RCU.

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