Re: UIO: missing resource mapping

From: Dominic Eschweiler
Date: Mon Jul 16 2012 - 14:16:20 EST

Am Freitag, den 13.07.2012, 21:19 +0300 schrieb Michael S. Tsirkin:
> UIO has the same property, doesn't it? Multiple users can
> access device memory through sysfs.

Indeed, that's a similar problem. I haven't tried it (yet), but this
particular problem can maybe circumvented by using mmap with the
MAP_PRIVATE flag. Doing so is the responsibility of the driver
programmer (like Hans already said). Even if that mmap trick does not
work, it is pretty much sure that a BAR is already used by another
program, if a related kernel driver is loaded. In that case the kernel
has a chance to avoid such BAR race conditions by not giving the
possibility to map them to the userspace.

Nevertheless, I'm pretty sure that the possibility via sysfs to access
BARs, which are already managed by a kernel driver, opens the door for
denial of service attacks.

On the other hand, I'm quite a newbie on this topic and maybe I don't
see the big picture here. Therefore it is up to you guys to make the
right decision (if needed).


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