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SubjectRe: [PATCH v3 0/6] Static calls
On Fri, Jan 11, 2019 at 01:05:20PM -0800, Andy Lutomirski wrote:
> On Fri, Jan 11, 2019 at 12:54 PM Linus Torvalds
> <> wrote:
> >
> > On Fri, Jan 11, 2019 at 12:31 PM Josh Poimboeuf <> wrote:
> > >
> > > I was referring to the fact that a single static call key update will
> > > usually result in patching multiple call sites. But you're right, it's
> > > only 1-2 trampolines per text_poke_bp() invocation. Though eventually
> > > we may want to batch all the writes like what Daniel has proposed for
> > > jump labels, to reduce IPIs.
> >
> > Yeah, my suggestion doesn't allow for batching, since it would
> > basically generate one trampoline for every rewritten instruction.
> Sure it does. Just make 1000 trampolines and patch 1000 sites in a
> batch :) As long as the number of trampolines is smallish (e.g. fits
> in a page), then we should be in good shape.

Much easier still would be to make the ARCH_DEFINE_STATIC_TRAMP thing
generate the two trampolines per callsite and simply keep them around.

Another advantage is that you then only have to patch the JMP target,
since the return address will always stay the same (since these things
are generated per call-site).

Anyway... the STI-shadow thing is very clever. But I'm with Josh in that
I think I prefer the IRET frame offset thing -- but yes, I've read
Linus' argument against that.

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