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SubjectRe: [RFC PATCH for 4.18] rseq: use __u64 for rseq_cs fields, validate user inputs
----- On Jul 3, 2018, at 1:10 PM, Linus Torvalds wrote:

> On Tue, Jul 3, 2018 at 9:40 AM Andi Kleen <> wrote:
>> So it sounds like architectures that don't have an instruction atomic u64
>> *_user need to disable interrupts during the access, and somehow handle that
>> case when a page fault happens?
> No. It's actually the store by *user* space that is the critical one.
> Not the whole 64-bit value, just the low pointer part.
> The kernel could do it as a byte-by-byte load, really. It's
> per-thread, and once the kernel is running, it's not going to change.
> The kernel never changes the value, it just loads it from user space.
> So all the atomicity worries for the kernel are a red herring. They'd
> arguably be nice to have - but only for an insane case that makes
> absolutely no sense (a different thread trying to change the value).
> Can we please stop the idiocy already? The kernel could read the rseq
> pointer one bit at a time, and do a little dance with "yield()" in
> between, and take interrupts and page faults, and it wouldn't matter
> It's not even that we read the value from an interrupt context, it's
> that as we return to user space (which can be the result of an
> interrupt) we can read the value.
> This whole thread has been filled with crazy "what if" things that don't matter.

Sorry to come back in the thread late, looks like I've missed all the

I agree with Linus: we can simply document that updates to rseq->rseq_cs
should be thread-local in the rseq uapi and be done with it. This would
allow using get_user(u64) even on 32-bit architectures, because we cannot
care less if an architecture chooses to read the u64 byte-wise while
standing on its feet.

With this added requirement, Andy's idea of using a union between __u64
and upper/lower __u32 would fit very nicely.

If everyone is OK with that approach, I can prepare an updated patch.



Mathieu Desnoyers
EfficiOS Inc.

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