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SubjectRe: Access to non-RAM pages
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On Sun, 2018-09-02 at 19:52 -0700, Linus Torvalds wrote:
> On Sun, Sep 2, 2018 at 7:47 PM Linus Torvalds
> <torvalds@linux-foundation.org> wrote:
> >
> > The comment actually does talk about it, although the comment also
> > claims that the cs read would use load_unaligned_zeropad(), which it
> > no longer does (now it only does the read_word_at_a_time).
>
> IOW, look at commit 12f8ad4b0533 ("vfs: clean up __d_lookup_rcu() and
> dentry_cmp() interfaces") for why the zeropad went away for the cs
> access (but the comment wasn't updated).
>
> And then bfe7aa6c39b1 ("fs/dcache: Use read_word_at_a_time() in
> dentry_string_cmp()") did the "let's make KASAN happy thing.
>
> And yes, the word-at-a-time code actually matters a lot for certain
> loads. The "copy-and-hash" thing for path components ends up being
> pretty critical in all the pathname handling.

Yup, makes sense.

Thanks !

Cheers,
Ben.

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