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SubjectRe: [PATCH v14 10/11] livepatch: Remove ordering and refuse loading conflicting patches
On Thu, Nov 29, 2018 at 10:44:30AM +0100, Petr Mladek wrote:
> The atomic replace and cumulative patches were introduced as a more secure
> way to handle dependent patches. They simplify the logic:
>
> + Any new cumulative patch is supposed to take over shadow variables
> and changes made by callbacks from previous livepatches.
>
> + All replaced patches are discarded and the modules can be unloaded.
> As a result, there is only one scenario when a cumulative livepatch
> gets disabled.
>
> The different handling of "normal" and cumulative patches might cause
> confusion. It would make sense to keep only one mode. On the other hand,
> it would be rude to enforce using the cumulative livepatches even for
> trivial and independent (hot) fixes.
>
> This patch removes the stack of patches. The list of enabled patches
> is still needed but the ordering is not longer enforced.
^^^^^^^^^^
s/not longer/no longer

>
> Note that it is not possible to catch all possible dependencies. It is
> the responsibility of the livepatch authors to decide.
>
> Nevertheless this patch prevents having two patches for the same function
> enabled at the same time after the transition finishes. It might help
> to catch obvious mistakes. But more importantly, we do not need to
> handle situation when a patch in the middle of the function stack
^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^
s/handle situation/handle a situation

> (ops->func_stack) is being removed.
>
> Signed-off-by: Petr Mladek <pmladek@suse.com>
> ---

Acked-by: Joe Lawrence <joe.lawrence@redhat.com>

> Documentation/livepatch/cumulative-patches.txt | 11 ++----
> Documentation/livepatch/livepatch.txt | 30 ++++++++-------
> kernel/livepatch/core.c | 51 ++++++++++++++++++++++++--
> 3 files changed, 68 insertions(+), 24 deletions(-)
>
>
> [ ... snip ... ]
>
> diff --git a/Documentation/livepatch/livepatch.txt b/Documentation/livepatch/livepatch.txt
> index ba6e83a08209..3c150ab19b99 100644
> --- a/Documentation/livepatch/livepatch.txt
> +++ b/Documentation/livepatch/livepatch.txt
> @@ -143,9 +143,9 @@ without HAVE_RELIABLE_STACKTRACE are not considered fully supported by
> the kernel livepatching.
>
> The /sys/kernel/livepatch/<patch>/transition file shows whether a patch
> -is in transition. Only a single patch (the topmost patch on the stack)
> -can be in transition at a given time. A patch can remain in transition
> -indefinitely, if any of the tasks are stuck in the initial patch state.
> +is in transition. Only a single patch can be in transition at a given
> +time. A patch can remain in transition indefinitely, if any of the tasks
> +are stuck in the initial patch state.
>
> A transition can be reversed and effectively canceled by writing the
> opposite value to the /sys/kernel/livepatch/<patch>/enabled file while
> @@ -329,9 +329,10 @@ The livepatch gets enabled by calling klp_enable_patch() typically from
> module_init() callback. The system will start using the new implementation
> of the patched functions at this stage.
>
> -First, the addresses of the patched functions are found according to their
> -names. The special relocations, mentioned in the section "New functions",
> -are applied. The relevant entries are created under
> +First, possible conflicts are checked for non-cummulative patches with
^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^
s/non-cummulative/non-cumulative

>
> [ ... snip ... ]
>
> diff --git a/kernel/livepatch/core.c b/kernel/livepatch/core.c
> index 0ce752e9e8bb..d8f6f49ac6b3 100644
> --- a/kernel/livepatch/core.c
> +++ b/kernel/livepatch/core.c
> @@ -122,6 +122,47 @@ static struct klp_object *klp_find_object(struct klp_patch *patch,
> return NULL;
> }
>
> +static int klp_check_obj_conflict(struct klp_patch *patch,
> + struct klp_object *old_obj)
> +{
> + struct klp_object *obj;
> + struct klp_func *func, *old_func;
> +
> + obj = klp_find_object(patch, old_obj);
> + if (!obj)
> + return 0;
> +
> + klp_for_each_func(old_obj, old_func) {
> + func = klp_find_func(obj, old_func);
> + if (!func)
> + continue;
> +
> + pr_err("Function '%s,%lu' in object '%s' has already been livepatched.\n",
> + func->old_name, func->old_sympos ? func->old_sympos : 1,
> + obj->name ? obj->name : "vmlinux");
> + return -EINVAL;
> + }
> +
> + return 0;
> +}

Should we add a self-test check for this condition? Let me know and I
can give it a go if you want to include with v15.

-- Joe

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