Re: [PATCH][RFC][0/4] InfiniBand userspace verbs implementation

From: Andrew Morton
Date: Mon Apr 25 2005 - 19:41:39 EST

Roland Dreier <roland@xxxxxxxxxxx> wrote:
> Andrew> How does the driver detect process exit?
> I already answered earlier but just to be clear: registration goes
> through a character device, and all regions are cleaned up in the
> ->release() of that device.


> I don't currently have any code accounting against RLIMIT_MEMLOCK or
> testing CAP_FOO, but I have no problem adding whatever is thought
> appropriate. Userspace also has control over the permissions and
> owner/group of the /dev node.

I guess device node permissions won't be appropriate here, if only because
it sounds like everyone will go and set them to 0666.

RLIMIT_MEMLOCK sounds like the appropriate mechanism. We cannot rely upon
userspace running mlock(), so perhaps it is appropriate to run sys_mlock()
in-kernel because that gives us the appropriate RLIMIT_MEMLOCK checking.

However an hostile app can just go and run munlock() and then allocate
some more pinned-by-get_user_pages() memory.

umm, how about we

- force the special pages into a separate vma

- run get_user_pages() against it all

- use RLIMIT_MEMLOCK accounting to check whether the user is allowed to
do this thing

- undo the RMLIMIT_MEMLOCK accounting in ->release

This will all interact with user-initiated mlock/munlock in messy ways.
Maybe a new kernel-internal vma->vm_flag which works like VM_LOCKED but is
unaffected by mlock/munlock activity is needed.

A bit of generalisation in do_mlock() should suit?
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