Date: Wed, 5 May 2021 10:37:29 +0200 From: Peter Zijlstra <peterz@...radead.org> To: Kees Cook <keescook@...omium.org> Cc: Rick Edgecombe <rick.p.edgecombe@...el.com>, dave.hansen@...el.com, luto@...nel.org, linux-mm@...ck.org, x86@...nel.org, akpm@...ux-foundation.org, linux-hardening@...r.kernel.org, kernel-hardening@...ts.openwall.com, ira.weiny@...el.com, rppt@...nel.org, dan.j.williams@...el.com, linux-kernel@...r.kernel.org Subject: Re: [PATCH RFC 0/9] PKS write protected page tables On Tue, May 04, 2021 at 11:25:31PM -0700, Kees Cook wrote: > It looks like PKS-protected page tables would be much like the > RO-protected text pages in the sense that there is already code in > the kernel to do things to make it writable, change text, and set it > read-only again (alternatives, ftrace, etc). We don't actually modify text by changing the mapping at all. We modify through a writable (but not executable) temporary alias on the page (on x86). Once a mapping is RX it will *never* be writable again (until we tear it all down).
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