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SubjectRe: [RFC PATCH v3 12/24] x86/mm: Modify ptep_set_wrprotect and pmdp_set_wrprotect for _PAGE_DIRTY_SW
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On 08/30/2018 08:49 AM, Jann Horn wrote:
>> @@ -1203,7 +1203,28 @@ static inline pte_t ptep_get_and_clear_full(struct mm_struct *mm,
>> static inline void ptep_set_wrprotect(struct mm_struct *mm,
>> unsigned long addr, pte_t *ptep)
>> {
>> + pte_t pte;
>> +
>> clear_bit(_PAGE_BIT_RW, (unsigned long *)&ptep->pte);
>> + pte = *ptep;
>> +
>> + /*
>> + * Some processors can start a write, but ending up seeing
>> + * a read-only PTE by the time they get to the Dirty bit.
>> + * In this case, they will set the Dirty bit, leaving a
>> + * read-only, Dirty PTE which looks like a Shadow Stack PTE.
>> + *
>> + * However, this behavior has been improved and will not occur
>> + * on processors supporting Shadow Stacks. Without this
>> + * guarantee, a transition to a non-present PTE and flush the
>> + * TLB would be needed.
>> + *
>> + * When change a writable PTE to read-only and if the PTE has
>> + * _PAGE_DIRTY_HW set, we move that bit to _PAGE_DIRTY_SW so
>> + * that the PTE is not a valid Shadow Stack PTE.
>> + */
>> + pte = pte_move_flags(pte, _PAGE_DIRTY_HW, _PAGE_DIRTY_SW);
>> + set_pte_at(mm, addr, ptep, pte);
>> }
> I don't understand why it's okay that you first atomically clear the
> RW bit, then atomically switch from DIRTY_HW to DIRTY_SW. Doesn't that
> mean that between the two atomic writes, another core can incorrectly
> see a shadow stack?

Good point.

This could result in a spurious shadow-stack fault, or allow a
shadow-stack write to the page in the transient state.

But, the shadow-stack permissions are more restrictive than what could
be in the TLB at this point, so I don't think there's a real security
implication here.

The only trouble is handling the spurious shadow-stack fault. The
alternative is to go !Present for a bit, which we would probably just
handle fine in the existing page fault code.

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