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SubjectRe: virtio-balloon: VIRTIO_BALLOON_F_PAGE_POISON discussion
On Thu, Nov 08, 2018 at 10:49:20AM +0800, Wei Wang wrote:
> On 11/07/2018 11:27 PM, Michael S. Tsirkin wrote:
>
> + LKML
>
> > On Wed, Nov 07, 2018 at 02:29:02PM +0000, Wang, Wei W wrote:
> > > Hi Michael,
> > >
> > >
> > > Thanks again for reviewing so many versions of patches, and I learnt a lot from
> > > your comments.
> > >
> > >
> > > While I’m writing the virtio-balloon spec patches, I’m thinking probably we
> > > don’t need VIRTIO_BALLOON_F_PAGE_POISON to limit
> > > VIRTIO_BALLOON_F_FREE_PAGE_HINT, because now the guest frees the allocated
> > > pages after the migration is done (that is, the skipped free pages will be
> > > poisoned when the guest is already on the destination machine).
> > The concern was this:
> >
> > guest poisons the page by writing a non-0 pattern there
> > guest sends page to host
> > VM is migrated, page is unmapped
> > guest reads page, zero page is mapped
>
> Not sure about this one: I think guest wouldn't read the page,
> since they are held by balloon (balloon itself will also
> not read it, the page just stays on a list waiting to be freed).
> Please see the below example.
>
> > guest sees 0 in page and detects it as use after free
>
> - balloon collects (i.e. alloc) a free page X (now it
> has 0xaa poison value) and reports X to host to be skipped in
> migration;
> - Now VM is migrated to the destination, and on the destination
> side, X is not mapped initially.
> - Nobody will access X since it has been taken by balloon
> and stays on a list waiting to be freed. So the first chance
> that will get X mapped will be the moment that balloon
> returns X to mm via free(), as free() writes the
> poison value to X.
>
>
> Best,
> Wei


Oh I see, that was with the previous design where we bypassed alloc.
I think you are right, but better stress-test it.

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