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SubjectRe: [PATCH 1/2] livepatch: Initialize shadow variables by init function safely
On Wed, Mar 14, 2018 at 03:27:02PM -0400, Joe Lawrence wrote:
> On Tue, Mar 13, 2018 at 04:54:47PM +0100, Petr Mladek wrote:
> > The existing API allows to pass a sample data to initialize the shadow
> > data. It works well when the data are position independent. But it fails
> > miserably when we need to set a pointer to the shadow structure itself.
> >
> > Unfortunately, we might need to initialize the pointer surprisingly
> > often because of struct list_head. It is even worse because the list
> > might be hidden in other common structures, for example, struct mutex,
> > struct wait_queue_head.
> >
> > This patch makes the API more safe. A custom init function and data
> > are passed to klp_shadow_*alloc() functions instead of the sample data.
>
> Yup, this looks kinda familiar, I remember tinkering with the same idea
> last year [1] before settling on the simpler API.
>
> [1] https://github.com/torvalds/linux/compare/master...joe-lawrence:shadow_variables_v2_c
>
> > Note that the init_data are not longer a template for the shadow->data.
> > It might point to any data that might be necessary when the init
> > function is called.
>
> I'm not opposed to changing the API, but I was wondering if you had
> thought about expanding it as an alternative?
>
> When working on this last summer, I remember holding onto to some less
> than intuitive naming conventions so that I could support a basic API
> and an extended API with bells and whistles like this patchset
> implements. It didn't seem too difficult to layer the basic API ontop
> of one like this (see [1] for example), so maybe that's an option to
> keep basic shadow variable usage a little simpler. /two cents

I like Petr's new API. It's not a big deal to just pass a couple of
NULLs if you don't need the callback.

And I prefer fewer functions anyway -- maybe it's my functionitis
allergies acting up again.

> Perhaps shadow variables are another candidate for some kind of
> kselftest?

Indeed!

--
Josh

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