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SubjectRe: [RFC PATCH 2/2] livepatch: Clear relocation targets on a module removal
On Mon, 2 Sep 2019, Joe Lawrence wrote:

> On 9/2/19 12:13 PM, Miroslav Benes wrote:
> >> I can easily foresee more problems like those in the future. Going
> >> forward we have to always keep track of which special sections are
> >> needed for which architectures. Those special sections can change over
> >> time, or can simply be overlooked for a given architecture. It's
> >> fragile.
> >
> > Indeed. It bothers me a lot. Even x86 "port" is not feature complete in
> > this regard (jump labels, alternatives,...) and who knows what lurks in
> > the corners of the other architectures we support.
> >
> > So it is in itself reason enough to do something about late module
> > patching.
> >
> Hi Miroslav,
> I was tinkering with the "blue-sky" ideas that I mentioned to Josh the other
> day.

> I dunno if you had a chance to look at what removing that code looks
> like, but I can continue to flesh out that idea if it looks interesting:

Unfortunately no and I don't think I'll come up with something useful
before LPC, so anything is really welcome.

> A full demo would require packaging up replacement .ko's with a livepatch, as
> well as "blacklisting" those deprecated .kos, etc. But that's all I had time
> to cook up last week before our holiday weekend here.

Frankly, I'm not sure about this approach. I'm kind of torn. The current
solution is far from ideal, but I'm not excited about the other options
either. It seems like the choice is basically between "general but
technically complicated fragile solution with nontrivial maintenance
burden", or "something safer and maybe cleaner, but limiting for
users/distros". Of course it depends on whether the limitation is even
real and how big it is. Unfortunately we cannot quantify it much and that
is probably why our opinions (in the email thread) differ.

Not much constructive email, but I have to think about it some more
(before LPC).


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