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SubjectRe: [PATCH 1/5] mm: Introduce mm_struct.has_pinned
On Thu, Sep 24, 2020 at 01:55:31PM -0400, Peter Xu wrote:
> On Thu, Sep 24, 2020 at 01:51:52PM -0300, Jason Gunthorpe wrote:
> > > Regarding the solution here, I think we can also cover read-only fast-gup too
> > > in the future - IIUC what we need to do is to make it pte_protnone() instead of
> > > pte_wrprotect(), then in the fault handler we should identify this special
> > > pte_protnone() against numa balancing (change_prot_numa()). I think it should
> > > work fine too, iiuc, because I don't think we should migrate a page at all if
> > > it's pinned for any reason...
>
> [1]
>
> >
> > With your COW breaking patch the read only fast-gup should break the
> > COW because of the write protect, just like for the write side. Not
> > seeing why we need to do something more?
>
> Consider this sequence of a parent process managed to fork() a child:
>
> buf = malloc();
> // RDONLY gup
> pin_user_pages(buf, !WRITE);
> // pte of buf duplicated on both sides
> fork();
> mprotect(buf, WRITE);
> *buf = 1;
> // buf page replaced as cow triggered
>
> Currently when fork() we'll happily share a pinned read-only page with the
> child by copying the pte directly.

Why? This series prevents that, the page will be maybe_dma_pinned, so
fork() will copy it.

> As a summary: imho the important thing is we should not allow any kind of
> sharing of any dma page, even it's pinned for read.

Any sharing that results in COW. MAP_SHARED is fine, for instance

My feeling for READ when FOLL_PIN is used GUP_fast will go to the slow
path any time it sees a read-only page.

The slow path will determine if it is read-only because it could be
COW'd or read-only for some other reason

Jason

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