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Date: Fri, 4 Aug 2017 10:12:40 +0200
From: Michal Hocko <mhocko@...nel.org>
To: Igor Stoppa <igor.stoppa@...wei.com>
Cc: Jerome Glisse <jglisse@...hat.com>, Linux-MM <linux-mm@...ck.org>,
	LKML <linux-kernel@...r.kernel.org>,
	linux-security-module@...r.kernel.org,
	"kernel-hardening@...ts.openwall.com" <kernel-hardening@...ts.openwall.com>,
	Kees Cook <keescook@...gle.com>
Subject: Re: [RFC] Tagging of vmalloc pages for supporting the pmalloc
 allocator

On Fri 04-08-17 11:02:46, Igor Stoppa wrote:
> 
> 
> On 03/08/17 18:15, Michal Hocko wrote:
> 
> > I would check the one where we have mapping. It is rather unlikely
> > vmalloc users would touch this one.
> 
> That was also the initial recommendation from Jerome Glisse, but it
> seemed unusable, because of the related comment.
> 
> I should have asked for clarifications back then :-(
> 
> But it's never too late ...
> 
> 
> struct page {
>   /* First double word block */
>   unsigned long flags;		/* Atomic flags, some possibly
> 				 * updated asynchronously */
> union {
> 	struct address_space *mapping;	/* If low bit clear, points to
> 					 * inode address_space, or NULL.
> 					 * If page mapped as anonymous
> 					 * memory, low bit is set, and
> 					 * it points to anon_vma object:
> 					 * see PAGE_MAPPING_ANON below.
> 					 */
> ...
> }
> 
> mapping seems to be used exclusively in 2 ways, based on the value of
> its lower bit.

Not really. The above applies to LRU pages. Please note that Slab pages
use s_mem and huge pages use compound_mapcount. If vmalloc pages are
using none of those already you can add a new field there.

-- 
Michal Hocko
SUSE Labs

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