Re: [PATCH 2/5] x86, mpx: hook #BR exception handler to allocatebound tables

From: Borislav Petkov
Date: Fri Jan 17 2014 - 11:47:49 EST

On Fri, Jan 17, 2014 at 02:47:15PM +0000, Ren, Qiaowei wrote:
> > do_bounds
> > |->do_mpx_bt_fault
> > |->allocate_bt
> > |->sys_mmap_pgoff
> > |->vm_mmap_pgoff
> > |->do_mmap_pgoff
> > |->mmap_region
> > |-> kmem_cache_zalloc(vm_area_cachep, GFP_KERNEL);
> >
> Sorry for my late reply.
> Petkov, could you please detail the problem? Memory allocation can't
> be done in the eception handler? I guess it is like do_page_fault(),
> right?

Right, so Steve and I played a couple of scenarios in IRC with this. So
#BR is comparable with #PF, AFAICT, and as expected we don't take any
locks when handling page faults in kernel space as we might deadlock.

Now, what happens if a thread is sleeping on some lock down that
GFP_KERNEL allocation path and another thread gets a #BR and goes that
same mmap_pgoff path and tries to grab that same lock?

Also, what happens if you take a #BR in NMI context, say the NMI

All I'm trying to say is, it might not be such a good idea to sleep in a
fault handler...


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