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SubjectRe: [PATCHv5 06/19] mm/khugepaged: Handle encrypted pages
On 07/19/2018 01:59 AM, Kirill A. Shutemov wrote:
> On Wed, Jul 18, 2018 at 04:11:57PM -0700, Dave Hansen wrote:
>> On 07/17/2018 04:20 AM, Kirill A. Shutemov wrote:
>>> khugepaged allocates page in advance, before we found a VMA for
>>> collapse. We don't yet know which KeyID to use for the allocation.
>> That's not really true. We have the VMA and the address in the caller
>> (khugepaged_scan_pmd()), but we drop the lock and have to revalidate the
>> VMA.
> For !NUMA we allocate the page in khugepaged_do_scan(), well before we
> know VMA.

Ahh, thanks for clarifying. That's some more very good information
about the design and progression of your patch that belongs in the

>>> diff --git a/mm/khugepaged.c b/mm/khugepaged.c
>>> index 5ae34097aed1..d116f4ebb622 100644
>>> --- a/mm/khugepaged.c
>>> +++ b/mm/khugepaged.c
>>> @@ -1056,6 +1056,16 @@ static void collapse_huge_page(struct mm_struct *mm,
>>> */
>>> anon_vma_unlock_write(vma->anon_vma);
>>> + /*
>>> + * At this point new_page is allocated as non-encrypted.
>>> + * If VMA's KeyID is non-zero, we need to prepare it to be encrypted
>>> + * before coping data.
>>> + */
>>> + if (vma_keyid(vma)) {
>>> + prep_encrypted_page(new_page, HPAGE_PMD_ORDER,
>>> + vma_keyid(vma), false);
>>> + }
>> I guess this isn't horribly problematic now, but if we ever keep pools
>> of preassigned-keyids, this won't work any more.
> I don't get this. What pools of preassigned-keyids are you talking about?

My point was that if we ever teach the allocator or something _near_ the
allocator to keep pools of pre-zeroed and/or pre-cache-cleared pages,
this approach will need to get changed otherwise we will double-prep pages.

My overall concern with prep_encrypted_page() in this patch set is that
it's inserted pretty ad-hoc. It seems easy to miss spots where it
should be. I'm also unsure of the failure mode and anything we've done
to ensure that if we get this wrong, we scream clearly and loudly about
what happened. Do we do something like that?

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