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Date: Mon, 22 Apr 2019 11:58:03 -0700
From: Rick Edgecombe <rick.p.edgecombe@...el.com>
To: Borislav Petkov <bp@...en8.de>,
	Andy Lutomirski <luto@...nel.org>,
	Ingo Molnar <mingo@...hat.com>
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	x86@...nel.org,
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	Thomas Gleixner <tglx@...utronix.de>,
	Nadav Amit <nadav.amit@...il.com>,
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	Nadav Amit <namit@...are.com>,
	Masami Hiramatsu <mhiramat@...nel.org>,
	Rick Edgecombe <rick.p.edgecombe@...el.com>
Subject: [PATCH v4 21/23] x86/alternative: Comment about module removal races

From: Nadav Amit <namit@...are.com>

Add a comment to clarify that users of text_poke() must ensure that
no races with module removal take place.

Cc: Masami Hiramatsu <mhiramat@...nel.org>
Signed-off-by: Nadav Amit <namit@...are.com>
Signed-off-by: Rick Edgecombe <rick.p.edgecombe@...el.com>
---
 arch/x86/kernel/alternative.c | 5 +++++
 1 file changed, 5 insertions(+)

diff --git a/arch/x86/kernel/alternative.c b/arch/x86/kernel/alternative.c
index 18f959975ea0..7b9b49dfc05a 100644
--- a/arch/x86/kernel/alternative.c
+++ b/arch/x86/kernel/alternative.c
@@ -810,6 +810,11 @@ static void *__text_poke(void *addr, const void *opcode, size_t len)
  * It means the size must be writable atomically and the address must be aligned
  * in a way that permits an atomic write. It also makes sure we fit on a single
  * page.
+ *
+ * Note that the caller must ensure that if the modified code is part of a
+ * module, the module would not be removed during poking. This can be achieved
+ * by registering a module notifier, and ordering module removal and patching
+ * trough a mutex.
  */
 void *text_poke(void *addr, const void *opcode, size_t len)
 {
-- 
2.17.1

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