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From: Andy Lutomirski <>
To: Cyrill Gorcunov <>
Cc: X86 ML <>,
	Andrew Morton <>,
	Sasha Levin <>,
	"" <>,
	Dave Jones <>,
	LKML <>,
	Pavel Emelyanov <>,
	"H. Peter Anvin" <>
Subject: Re: [PATCH 3/4] x86,mm: Improve _install_special_mapping and fix x86 vdso naming
Date: Tue, 20 May 2014 10:24:49 -0700
Message-ID: <> (raw)
In-Reply-To: <20140520172134.GJ2185@moon>

On Tue, May 20, 2014 at 10:21 AM, Cyrill Gorcunov <> wrote:
> On Mon, May 19, 2014 at 03:58:33PM -0700, Andy Lutomirski wrote:
>> Using arch_vma_name to give special mappings a name is awkward.  x86
>> currently implements it by comparing the start address of the vma to
>> the expected address of the vdso.  This requires tracking the start
>> address of special mappings and is probably buggy if a special vma
>> is split or moved.
>> Improve _install_special_mapping to just name the vma directly.  Use
>> it to give the x86 vvar area a name, which should make CRIU's life
>> easier.
>> As a side effect, the vvar area will show up in core dumps.  This
>> could be considered weird and is fixable.  Thoughts?
>> Cc: Cyrill Gorcunov <>
>> Cc: Pavel Emelyanov <>
>> Signed-off-by: Andy Lutomirski <>
> Hi Andy, thanks a lot for this! I must confess I don't yet know how
> would we deal with compat tasks but this is 'must have' mark which
> allow us to detect vvar area!

Out of curiosity, how does CRIU currently handle checkpointing a
restored task?  In current kernels, the "[vdso]" name in maps goes
away after mremapping the vdso.

I suspect that you'll need kernel changes for compat tasks, since I
think that mremapping the vdso on any reasonably modern hardware in a
32-bit task will cause sigreturn to blow up.  This could be fixed by
making mremap magical, although adding a new prctl or arch_prctl to
reliably move the vdso might be a better bet.


Andy Lutomirski
AMA Capital Management, LLC

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Thread overview: 16+ messages / expand[flat|nested]  mbox.gz  Atom feed  top
2014-05-19 22:58 [PATCH 0/4] x86,mm: vdso fixes for an OOPS and /proc/PID/maps Andy Lutomirski
2014-05-19 22:58 ` [PATCH 1/4] x86,vdso: Fix an OOPS accessing the hpet mapping w/o an hpet Andy Lutomirski
2014-05-19 22:58 ` [PATCH 2/4] mm,fs: Add vm_ops->name as an alternative to arch_vma_name Andy Lutomirski
2014-05-19 22:58 ` [PATCH 3/4] x86,mm: Improve _install_special_mapping and fix x86 vdso naming Andy Lutomirski
2014-05-20 17:21   ` Cyrill Gorcunov
2014-05-20 17:24     ` Andy Lutomirski [this message]
2014-05-20 17:47       ` Cyrill Gorcunov
2014-05-20 17:52         ` Andy Lutomirski
2014-05-20 18:01           ` Cyrill Gorcunov
2014-05-20 18:18             ` H. Peter Anvin
2014-05-20 18:24               ` Andy Lutomirski
2014-05-20 18:27                 ` H. Peter Anvin
2014-05-20 18:38                   ` Andy Lutomirski
2014-05-20 18:39                 ` Cyrill Gorcunov
2014-05-20 18:37   ` H. Peter Anvin
2014-05-19 22:58 ` [PATCH 4/4] x86,mm: Replace arch_vma_name with vm_ops->name for vsyscalls Andy Lutomirski

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