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SubjectRe: [PATCH 3/8] asm-generic: fix unaligned access hamdling in raw_copy_{from,to}_user
On Sat, Sep 5, 2020 at 12:35 AM Al Viro <> wrote:
> On Fri, Sep 04, 2020 at 07:06:17PM +0100, Al Viro wrote:
> > On Fri, Sep 04, 2020 at 06:52:11PM +0200, Christoph Hellwig wrote:
> > > Use get_unaligned and put_unaligned for the small constant size cases
> > > in the generic uaccess routines. This ensures they can be used for
> > > architectures that do not support unaligned loads and stores, while
> > > being a no-op for those that do.
> >
> > Frankly, I would rather get rid of those constant-sized cases entirely;
> > sure, we'd need to adjust asm-generic/uaccess.h defaults for __get_user(),
> > but there that kind of stuff would make sense; in raw_copy_from_user()
> > it really doesn't.

Right. When I originally wrote that part of asm-generic/uaccess.h, the
idea was that its __get_user()/__put_user() would end up being used
across most architectures, which then would only have to implement
custom __copy_from_user()/__copy_to_user() with those special cases
to get the optimum behavior. It didn't work out in the end, since
copy_from_user() also has to deal with unaligned or partial copies
that prevent it from degrading into a single instruction on anything
other than the simplest NOMMU architectures.

I'd still hope we can eventually come up with a generic
__get_user()/__put_user() helper that avoids all the common
architecture specific bugs in them, with a simpler way for
an architecture to hook into with a set of inline functions
while leaving the macros to common code, but that can be
done another time.

> IOW, there's a scattering of potentially valid uses that might be better
> off with get_user(). And there's generic non-MMU variant that gets
> used in get_user()/__get_user() on h8300 and riscv. This one *is*
> valid, but I don't think that raw_copy_from_user() is the right layer
> for that.
> For raw_copy_to_user() the picture is similar. And I'd like to get
> rid of that magical crap. Let's not make it harder...



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