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SubjectRe: [PATCH v2 4/4] x86/static_call: Add inline static call implementation for x86-64

> On Nov 29, 2018, at 9:50 AM, Linus Torvalds <> wrote:
>> On Thu, Nov 29, 2018 at 9:44 AM Steven Rostedt <> wrote:
>> Well, the current method (as Jiri mentioned) did get the OK from at
>> least Intel (and that was with a lot of arm twisting to do so).
> Guys, when the comparison is to:
> - create a huge honking security hole by screwing up the stack frame
> or
> - corrupt random registers because we "know" they aren't in use

For C calls, we do indeed know that. But I guess there could be asm calls.

> then it really sounds pretty safe to just say "ok, just make it
> aligned and update the instruction with an atomic cmpxchg or
> something".

And how do we do that? With a gcc plugin and some asm magic?

> Of course, another option is to just say "we don't do the inline case,
> then", and only ever do a call to a stub that does a "jmp"
> instruction.

That’s not a terrible idea.

> Problem solved, at the cost of some I$. Emulating a "jmp" is trivial,
> in ways emulating a "call" is not.

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