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SubjectRe: [PATCH 05/11] x86/fpu: set PKRU state for kernel threads
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On 18/10/2018 22:46, Andy Lutomirski wrote:
>> [0] drivers/usb/gadget/function/f_fs.c::ffs_user_copy_worker()
>>
>> Sebastian
> I think we need an entirely new API:
>
> user_mm_ctx_t ctx = user_mm_ctx_get();
>
> ...
>
> use_user_mm_ctx(ctx);
> unuse_user_mm_ctx(ctx);
>
> ...
>
> user_mm_ctx_put(ctx);
>
> and ctx will store a copy of mm and PKRU.
>

That looks like a good API in general. The ffs_user_copy_worker that
Sebastian mentioned seems to be used by AIO, in which case of course it
has to happen in a kernel thread.

But while the API is good, deciding on the desired semantics is
"interesting". The submitting thread might be changing PKRU between the
time the I/O operation is submitted and the time it is completed, for
example. You could look up the task's PKRU at use_mm time, except that
the task might have disappeared... In the end just using PKRU=0 makes
some sense and it only should be documented that some kernel services
will ignore PKRU.

Paolo

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