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SubjectRe: [PATCH] mm/mincore: allow for making sys_mincore() privileged
On Thu, Jan 10, 2019 at 11:08:07PM -0800, Linus Torvalds wrote:
> On Thu, Jan 10, 2019 at 8:04 PM Dave Chinner <> wrote:
> >
> > So it will only read the single page we tried to access and won't
> > perturb the rest of the message encoded into subsequent pages in
> > file.
> Dave, you're being intentionally obtuse, aren't you?
> It's only that single page that *matters*. That's the page that the
> probe reveals the status of - but it's also the page that the probe
> then *changes* the status of.

It changes the state of it /after/ we've already got the information
we need from it. It's not up to date, it has to come from disk, we
return EAGAIN, which means it was not in the cache.

i.e. if we return EAGAIN, we've leaked the inforation the attacker
wants regardless of how the act of initiating readahead on the page
change the state of the page. Yes, it raises the complexity bar a
bit, and lowers the monitoring frequency somewhat, but that's about


Dave Chinner

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