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SubjectRe: [PATCH v9 04/10] x86: refcount: prevent gcc distortions
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On 2018-10-04 21:33, H. Peter Anvin wrote:

> Here is the horrible code I mentioned yesterday. This is about
> implementing the immediate-patching framework that Linus and others have
> discussed (it helps both performance and kernel hardening):

Heh, I did a POC in userspace some years ago for loading an "eventually
constant" value into a register - the idea being to avoid a load in
cases like kmemcache_alloc(foo_cachep) or kmemcache_free(foo_cachep, p),
and I assume this is something along the same lines? I didn't do
anything with it since I had no idea if the performance gain would be
worth it, and at the time (before __ro_after_init) there was no good way
to know that the values would really be constant eventually. Also, I had
hoped to come up with a way to avoid having to annotate the loads.

I just tried expanding this to deal with some of the hash tables sized
at init time which I can see was also mentioned on LKML some time ago.
I'm probably missing something fundamental, but there's some sorta
working code at https://github.com/villemoes/rai which is not too
horrible (IMO). Attaching gcc at various times and doing disassembly
shows that the patching does take place. Can I get you to take a look at
raimacros.S and tell me why that won't work?

Thanks,
Rasmus

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