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From: Petr Mladek <pmladek@suse.com>
To: Jiri Kosina <jikos@kernel.org>,
	Josh Poimboeuf <jpoimboe@redhat.com>,
	Miroslav Benes <mbenes@suse.cz>
Cc: Joe Lawrence <joe.lawrence@redhat.com>,
	Kamalesh Babulal <kamalesh@linux.vnet.ibm.com>,
	Nicolai Stange <nstange@suse.de>,
	live-patching@vger.kernel.org, linux-kernel@vger.kernel.org
Subject: Re: [RFC 3/5] livepatch: Allow to distinguish different version of system state changes
Date: Thu, 18 Jul 2019 11:08:00 +0200
Message-ID: <20190718090800.gd2neswknsnmey2h@pathway.suse.cz> (raw)
In-Reply-To: <20190611135627.15556-4-pmladek@suse.com>

On Tue 2019-06-11 15:56:25, Petr Mladek wrote:
> It might happen that an older change is not enough and the same system
> state has to be modified another way. Different changes need to get
> distinguished by a version number added to struct klp_state.
> 
> The version can also be used to prevent loading incompatible livepatches.
> The check is done when the livepatch is enabled. The rules are:
> 
>   + Any completely new system state modification is allowed.
> 
>   + System state modifications with the same or higher version are allowed
>     for already modified system states.
> 
>   + Cumulative livepatches must handle all system state modifications from
>     already installed livepatches.
> 
>   + Non-cumulative livepatches are allowed to touch already modified
>     system states.
> 
> Signed-off-by: Petr Mladek <pmladek@suse.com>
> ---
>  include/linux/livepatch.h |  2 ++
>  kernel/livepatch/core.c   |  8 ++++++++
>  kernel/livepatch/state.c  | 40 +++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++-
>  kernel/livepatch/state.h  |  9 +++++++++
>  4 files changed, 58 insertions(+), 1 deletion(-)
>  create mode 100644 kernel/livepatch/state.h
> 
> diff --git a/include/linux/livepatch.h b/include/linux/livepatch.h
> index 591abdee30d7..8bc4c6cc3f3f 100644
> --- a/include/linux/livepatch.h
> +++ b/include/linux/livepatch.h
> @@ -135,10 +135,12 @@ struct klp_object {
>  /**
>   * struct klp_state - state of the system modified by the livepatch
>   * @id:		system state identifier (non zero)
> + * @version:	version of the change (non-zero)
>   * @data:	custom data
>   */
>  struct klp_state {
>  	int id;

As suggested by Nicolay, there will be in v2:

	unsigned long id;

> +	int version;

It would make sense to make "version" unsigned as well.
I am just unsure about the size:

  + "unsigned long" looks like an overhead to me
  + "u8" might be enough

But I would stay on the safe side and use:

	unsigned int version;

Is anyone against?

Best Regards,
Petr

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Thread overview: 13+ messages / expand[flat|nested]  mbox.gz  Atom feed  top
     [not found] <20190611135627.15556-1-pmladek@suse.com>
2019-06-21 13:19 ` [RFC 0/5] livepatch: new API to track " Joe Lawrence
     [not found] ` <20190611135627.15556-3-pmladek@suse.com>
2019-06-21 13:43   ` [RFC 2/5] livepatch: Basic " Joe Lawrence
2019-06-24  9:32   ` Nicolai Stange
     [not found] ` <20190611135627.15556-5-pmladek@suse.com>
2019-06-21 14:15   ` [RFC 4/5] livepatch: Documentation of the new API for tracking " Joe Lawrence
     [not found] ` <20190611135627.15556-6-pmladek@suse.com>
2019-06-21 11:54   ` [RFC 5/5] livepatch: Selftests of the " Miroslav Benes
2019-06-21 14:19   ` Joe Lawrence
2019-06-24  9:27 ` [RFC 0/5] livepatch: new API to track " Nicolai Stange
     [not found] ` <20190611135627.15556-4-pmladek@suse.com>
2019-06-21 11:27   ` [RFC 3/5] livepatch: Allow to distinguish different version of " Miroslav Benes
2019-06-21 14:09   ` Joe Lawrence
2019-06-21 15:00     ` Joe Lawrence
2019-06-24 10:26   ` Nicolai Stange
2019-07-18 11:38     ` Petr Mladek
2019-07-18  9:08   ` Petr Mladek [this message]

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