[PATCH 00/10] mm: adjust get_user_pages* functions to explicitly pass FOLL_* flags

Michal Hocko mhocko at kernel.org
Wed Oct 19 20:07:28 AEDT 2016

On Wed 19-10-16 09:58:15, Lorenzo Stoakes wrote:
> On Tue, Oct 18, 2016 at 05:30:50PM +0200, Michal Hocko wrote:
> > I am wondering whether we can go further. E.g. it is not really clear to
> > me whether we need an explicit FOLL_REMOTE when we can in fact check
> > mm != current->mm and imply that. Maybe there are some contexts which
> > wouldn't work, I haven't checked.
> This flag is set even when /proc/self/mem is used. I've not looked deeply into
> this flag but perhaps accessing your own memory this way can be considered
> 'remote' since you're not accessing it directly. On the other hand, perhaps this
> is just mistaken in this case?

My understanding of the flag is quite limited as well. All I know it is
related to protection keys and it is needed to bypass protection check.
See arch_vma_access_permitted. See also 1b2ee1266ea6 ("mm/core: Do not
enforce PKEY permissions on remote mm access").

Michal Hocko

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