Openwall GNU/*/Linux - a small security-enhanced Linux distro for servers
[<prev] [next>] [<thread-prev] [thread-next>] [day] [month] [year] [list]
Date: Wed, 20 Sep 2017 19:37:12 -0600
From: Tycho Andersen <tycho@...ker.com>
To: Dave Hansen <dave.hansen@...el.com>
Cc: linux-kernel@...r.kernel.org, linux-mm@...ck.org,
	kernel-hardening@...ts.openwall.com,
	Marco Benatto <marco.antonio.780@...il.com>,
	Juerg Haefliger <juerg.haefliger@...onical.com>, x86@...nel.org
Subject: Re: [PATCH v6 03/11] mm, x86: Add support for eXclusive Page Frame
 Ownership (XPFO)

On Wed, Sep 20, 2017 at 05:27:02PM -0700, Dave Hansen wrote:
> On 09/20/2017 05:09 PM, Tycho Andersen wrote:
> >> I think the only thing that will really help here is if you batch the
> >> allocations.  For instance, you could make sure that the per-cpu-pageset
> >> lists always contain either all kernel or all user data.  Then remap the
> >> entire list at once and do a single flush after the entire list is consumed.
> > Just so I understand, the idea would be that we only flush when the
> > type of allocation alternates, so:
> > 
> > kmalloc(..., GFP_KERNEL);
> > kmalloc(..., GFP_KERNEL);
> > /* remap+flush here */
> > kmalloc(..., GFP_HIGHUSER);
> > /* remap+flush here */
> > kmalloc(..., GFP_KERNEL);
> 
> Not really.  We keep a free list per migrate type, and a per_cpu_pages
> (pcp) list per migratetype:
> 
> > struct per_cpu_pages {
> >         int count;              /* number of pages in the list */
> >         int high;               /* high watermark, emptying needed */
> >         int batch;              /* chunk size for buddy add/remove */
> > 
> >         /* Lists of pages, one per migrate type stored on the pcp-lists */
> >         struct list_head lists[MIGRATE_PCPTYPES];
> > };
> 
> The migratetype is derived from the GFP flags in
> gfpflags_to_migratetype().  In general, GFP_HIGHUSER and GFP_KERNEL come
> from different migratetypes, so they come from different free lists.
> 
> In your case above, the GFP_HIGHUSER allocation come through the
> MIGRATE_MOVABLE pcp list while the GFP_KERNEL ones come from the
> MIGRATE_UNMOVABLE one.  Since we add a bunch of pages to those lists at
> once, you could do all the mapping/unmapping/flushing on a bunch of
> pages at once
> 
> Or, you could hook your code into the places where the migratetype of
> memory is changed (set_pageblock_migratetype(), plus where we fall
> back).  Those changes are much more rare than page allocation.

I see, thanks for all this discussion. It has been very helpful!

Tycho

Powered by blists - more mailing lists

Your e-mail address:

Confused about mailing lists and their use? Read about mailing lists on Wikipedia and check out these guidelines on proper formatting of your messages.