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Subject[for-linus][PATCH 2/5] ftrace/x86: Add a comment to why we take text_mutex in ftrace_arch_code_modify_prepare()
From: "Steven Rostedt (VMware)" <rostedt@goodmis.org>

Taking the text_mutex in ftrace_arch_code_modify_prepare() is to fix a
race against module loading and live kernel patching that might try to
change the text permissions while ftrace has it as read/write. This
really needs to be documented in the code. Add a comment that does such.

Link: http://lkml.kernel.org/r/20190627211819.5a591f52@gandalf.local.home

Suggested-by: Josh Poimboeuf <jpoimboe@redhat.com>
Reviewed-by: Josh Poimboeuf <jpoimboe@redhat.com>
Reviewed-by: Petr Mladek <pmladek@suse.com>
Signed-off-by: Steven Rostedt (VMware) <rostedt@goodmis.org>
---
arch/x86/kernel/ftrace.c | 5 +++++
1 file changed, 5 insertions(+)

diff --git a/arch/x86/kernel/ftrace.c b/arch/x86/kernel/ftrace.c
index 33786044d5ac..d7e93b2783fd 100644
--- a/arch/x86/kernel/ftrace.c
+++ b/arch/x86/kernel/ftrace.c
@@ -36,6 +36,11 @@

int ftrace_arch_code_modify_prepare(void)
{
+ /*
+ * Need to grab text_mutex to prevent a race from module loading
+ * and live kernel patching from changing the text permissions while
+ * ftrace has it set to "read/write".
+ */
mutex_lock(&text_mutex);
set_kernel_text_rw();
set_all_modules_text_rw();
--
2.20.1

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