[RFC 3/3] kexec: extend kexec_file_load system call
vgoyal at redhat.com
Tue Jul 19 23:26:19 AEST 2016
On Tue, Jul 19, 2016 at 01:47:28PM +0100, Mark Rutland wrote:
> On Tue, Jul 19, 2016 at 08:24:06AM -0400, Vivek Goyal wrote:
> > On Tue, Jul 19, 2016 at 11:52:00AM +0100, Mark Rutland wrote:
> > > Regardless, this extended syscall changes some underlying assumptions
> > > made with the development of kexec_file_load, and I think treating this
> > > as an extension is not a great idea. From a user's perspective there is
> > > little difference between passing an additional flag or using a
> > > different syscall number, so I don't think that we gain much by altering
> > > the existing prototype relative to allocating a new syscall number.
> > If we are providing/opening up additional flags, I can't think what will
> > it break. Same flag was invalid in old kernel but new kernel supports
> > it and will accept it. So it sounds reasonable to me to add new flags.
> > If existing users are not broken, then I think it might be a good idea
> > to extend existing syscall. Otherwise userspace will have to be modified
> > to understand a 3rd syscall also and an additional option will show up
> > which asks users to specify which syscall to use. So extending existing
> > syscall might keep it little simple for users.
> I don't follow.
> To use the new feature, you have to modify userspace anyway, as you
> require userspace to pass information which it did not previously pass
> (in the new arguments added to the syscall).
> The presence of a new syscall does not imply the absence of the old
> syscall, so you can always use that be default unless the user asks for
> asomething only the new syscall provides. Regardless of the
> syscall/flags difference, you still have to detect whether the new
> functionality is present somehow.
Hmm., so current idea is that we have two syscalls() which are *ideally*
supposed to work for all arches. Difference between two is that first
one does not support kernel signature verification while second one does.
By default old syscall is used and user can force using new syscall using
If a user DTB is present, I was hoping that it will continue to work the
same way. Both the sycalls can be used and can handle DTB. If we introduce
a 3rd syscall, that means only first and 3rd syscall can handle DTB and
we need to introduce one more option which tells whether to use
kexec_load() or use the 3rd new syscall. And that's what I am trying
> > BTW, does kexec_load() needs to be modified too to handle DT?
> No, at least for arm64. In the kexec_load case userspace provides the
> DTB as a raw segment, and the user-provided purgatory sets up registers
> to pass that to the new kernel.
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