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SubjectRe: [PATCH v14 10/11] livepatch: Remove ordering and refuse loading conflicting patches
On Thu, 29 Nov 2018, 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.
>
> 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
> (ops->func_stack) is being removed.
>
> Signed-off-by: Petr Mladek <pmladek@suse.com>

Acked-by: Miroslav Benes <mbenes@suse.cz>

M

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