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SubjectRe: [PATCH 1/2] vmalloc: New flag for flush before releasing pages
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> On Nov 27, 2018, at 4:07 PM, Rick Edgecombe <rick.p.edgecombe@intel.com> wrote:
>
> Since vfree will lazily flush the TLB, but not lazily free the underlying pages,
> it often leaves stale TLB entries to freed pages that could get re-used. This is
> undesirable for cases where the memory being freed has special permissions such
> as executable.

So I am trying to finish my patch-set for preventing transient W+X mappings
from taking space, by handling kprobes & ftrace that I missed (thanks again for
pointing it out).

But all of the sudden, I don’t understand why we have the problem that this
(your) patch-set deals with at all. We already change the mappings to make
the memory writable before freeing the memory, so why can’t we make it
non-executable at the same time? Actually, why do we make the module memory,
including its data executable before freeing it???

In other words: disable_ro_nx() is called by free_module() before freeing
the memory. Wouldn’t inverting the logic makes much more sense? I am
confused.

-- >8 --

From: Nadav Amit <namit@vmware.com>
Subject: [PATCH] modules: disable_ro_nx() should enable nx

---
kernel/module.c | 5 ++---
1 file changed, 2 insertions(+), 3 deletions(-)

diff --git a/kernel/module.c b/kernel/module.c
index 7cb207249437..e12d760ea3b0 100644
--- a/kernel/module.c
+++ b/kernel/module.c
@@ -2029,14 +2029,13 @@ void set_all_modules_text_ro(void)

static void disable_ro_nx(const struct module_layout *layout)
{
+ frob_text(layout, set_memory_nx);
+
if (rodata_enabled) {
frob_text(layout, set_memory_rw);
frob_rodata(layout, set_memory_rw);
frob_ro_after_init(layout, set_memory_rw);
}
- frob_rodata(layout, set_memory_x);
- frob_ro_after_init(layout, set_memory_x);
- frob_writable_data(layout, set_memory_x);
}

#else
--
2.17.1
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