[RESEND PATCH v4 10/11] powerpc: Protect patching_mm with a lock

Peter Zijlstra peterz at infradead.org
Thu May 6 20:51:33 AEST 2021

On Wed, May 05, 2021 at 11:34:51PM -0500, Christopher M. Riedl wrote:
> Powerpc allows for multiple CPUs to patch concurrently. When patching
> with STRICT_KERNEL_RWX a single patching_mm is allocated for use by all
> CPUs for the few times that patching occurs. Use a spinlock to protect
> the patching_mm from concurrent use.
> Modify patch_instruction() to acquire the lock, perform the patch op,
> and then release the lock.
> Also introduce {lock,unlock}_patching() along with
> patch_instruction_unlocked() to avoid per-iteration lock overhead when
> patch_instruction() is called in a loop. A follow-up patch converts some
> uses of patch_instruction() to use patch_instruction_unlocked() instead.

x86 uses text_mutex for all this, why not do the same?

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