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Re: [Xen-devel] [PATCH v4 0/3] x86: modify_ldt improvement, test, and config option

On 29/07/2015 01:21, Andy Lutomirski wrote:
> On Tue, Jul 28, 2015 at 10:10 AM, Boris Ostrovsky
> <boris.ostrovsky@xxxxxxxxxx> wrote:
>> On 07/28/2015 01:07 PM, Andy Lutomirski wrote:
>>> On Tue, Jul 28, 2015 at 9:30 AM, Andrew Cooper
>>> <andrew.cooper3@xxxxxxxxxx> wrote:
>>>> I suspect that the set_ldt(NULL, 0) call hasn't reached Xen before
>>>> xen_free_ldt() is attempting to nab back the pages which Xen still has
>>>> mapped as an LDT.
>>> I just instrumented it with yet more LSL instructions.  I'm pretty
>>> sure that set_ldt really is clearing at least LDT entry zero.
>>> Nonetheless the free_ldt call still oopses.
>> Yes, I added some instrumentation to the hypervisor and we definitely set
>> LDT to NULL before failing.
>> -boris
> Looking at map_ldt_shadow_page: what keeps shadow_ldt_mapcnt from
> getting incremented once on each CPU at the same time if both CPUs
> fault in the same shadow LDT page at the same time?

Nothing, but that is fine.  If a page is in use in two vcpus LDTs, it is
expected to have a type refcount of 2.

> Similarly, what
> keeps both CPUs from calling get_page_type at the same time and
> therefore losing track of the page type reference count?

a cmpxchg() loop in the depths of __get_page_type().

> I don't see why vmalloc or vm_unmap_aliases would have anything to do
> with this, though.

Nor me.  I have compiled your branch and will see about reproducing the
issue myself tomorrow.


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