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SubjectRe: [PATCH 09/11] x86/pti: enable global pages for shared areas
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On 04/03/2018 09:45 PM, Nadav Amit wrote:
> Dave Hansen <dave.hansen@linux.intel.com> wrote:
>
>>
>> From: Dave Hansen <dave.hansen@linux.intel.com>
>>
>> The entry/exit text and cpu_entry_area are mapped into userspace and
>> the kernel. But, they are not _PAGE_GLOBAL. This creates unnecessary
>> TLB misses.
>>
>> Add the _PAGE_GLOBAL flag for these areas.
>>
>> Signed-off-by: Dave Hansen <dave.hansen@linux.intel.com>
>> Cc: Andrea Arcangeli <aarcange@redhat.com>
>> Cc: Andy Lutomirski <luto@kernel.org>
>> Cc: Linus Torvalds <torvalds@linux-foundation.org>
>> Cc: Kees Cook <keescook@google.com>
>> Cc: Hugh Dickins <hughd@google.com>
>> Cc: Juergen Gross <jgross@suse.com>
>> Cc: x86@kernel.org
>> Cc: Nadav Amit <namit@vmware.com>
>> ---
>>
>> b/arch/x86/mm/cpu_entry_area.c | 10 +++++++++-
>> b/arch/x86/mm/pti.c | 14 +++++++++++++-
>> 2 files changed, 22 insertions(+), 2 deletions(-)
>>
>> diff -puN arch/x86/mm/cpu_entry_area.c~kpti-why-no-global arch/x86/mm/cpu_entry_area.c
>> --- a/arch/x86/mm/cpu_entry_area.c~kpti-why-no-global 2018-04-02 16:41:17.157605167 -0700
>> +++ b/arch/x86/mm/cpu_entry_area.c 2018-04-02 16:41:17.162605167 -0700
>> @@ -27,8 +27,16 @@ EXPORT_SYMBOL(get_cpu_entry_area);
>> void cea_set_pte(void *cea_vaddr, phys_addr_t pa, pgprot_t flags)
>> {
>> unsigned long va = (unsigned long) cea_vaddr;
>> + pte_t pte = pfn_pte(pa >> PAGE_SHIFT, flags);
>>
>> - set_pte_vaddr(va, pfn_pte(pa >> PAGE_SHIFT, flags));
>> + /*
>> + * The cpu_entry_area is shared between the user and kernel
>> + * page tables. All of its ptes can safely be global.
>> + */
>> + if (boot_cpu_has(X86_FEATURE_PGE))
>> + pte = pte_set_flags(pte, _PAGE_GLOBAL);
>
> I think it would be safer to check that the PTE is indeed present before
> setting _PAGE_GLOBAL. For example, percpu_setup_debug_store() sets PAGE_NONE
> for non-present entries. In this case, since PAGE_NONE and PAGE_GLOBAL use
> the same bit, everything would be fine, but it might cause bugs one day.

That's a reasonable safety thing to add, I think.

But, looking at it, I am wondering why we did this in
percpu_setup_debug_store():

for (; npages; npages--, cea += PAGE_SIZE)
cea_set_pte(cea, 0, PAGE_NONE);

Did we really want that to be PAGE_NONE, or was it supposed to create a
PTE that returns true for pte_none()?

>> /*
>> + * Setting 'target_pmd' below creates a mapping in both
>> + * the user and kernel page tables. It is effectively
>> + * global, so set it as global in both copies. Note:
>> + * the X86_FEATURE_PGE check is not _required_ because
>> + * the CPU ignores _PAGE_GLOBAL when PGE is not
>> + * supported. The check keeps consistentency with
>> + * code that only set this bit when supported.
>> + */
>> + if (boot_cpu_has(X86_FEATURE_PGE))
>> + *pmd = pmd_set_flags(*pmd, _PAGE_GLOBAL);
>
> Same here.

Is there a reason that the pmd_none() check above this does not work?

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