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SubjectRe: [PATCH v2 3/3] x86: Support huge vmalloc mappings
On 12/28/21 2:26 AM, Kefeng Wang wrote:
>>> There are some disadvantages about this feature[2], one of the main
>>> concerns is the possible memory fragmentation/waste in some scenarios,
>>> also archs must ensure that any arch specific vmalloc allocations that
>>> require PAGE_SIZE mappings(eg, module alloc with STRICT_MODULE_RWX)
>>> use the VM_NO_HUGE_VMAP flag to inhibit larger mappings.
>> That just says that x86 *needs* PAGE_SIZE allocations.  But, what
>> happens if VM_NO_HUGE_VMAP is not passed (like it was in v1)?  Will the
>> subsequent permission changes just fragment the 2M mapping?
> Yes, without VM_NO_HUGE_VMAP, it could fragment the 2M mapping.
> When module alloc with STRICT_MODULE_RWX on x86, it calls
> __change_page_attr()
> from set_memory_ro/rw/nx which will split large page, so there is no
> need to make
> module alloc with HUGE_VMALLOC.

This all sounds very fragile to me. Every time a new architecture would
get added for huge vmalloc() support, the developer needs to know to go
find that architecture's module_alloc() and add this flag. They next
guy is going to forget, just like you did.

Considering that this is not a hot path, a weak function would be a nice

/* vmalloc() flags used for all module allocations. */
unsigned long __weak arch_module_vm_flags()
* Modules use a single, large vmalloc(). Different
* permissions are applied later and will fragment
* huge mappings. Avoid using huge pages for modules.

Stick that in some the common module code, next to:

> void * __weak module_alloc(unsigned long size)
> {
> return __vmalloc_node_range(size, 1, VMALLOC_START, VMALLOC_END,

Then, put arch_module_vm_flags() in *all* of the module_alloc()
implementations, including the generic one. That way (even with a new
architecture) whoever copies-and-pastes their module_alloc()
implementation is likely to get it right. The next guy who just does a
"select HAVE_ARCH_HUGE_VMALLOC" will hopefully just work.

VM_FLUSH_RESET_PERMS could probably be dealt with in the same way.

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