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Re: [Xen-devel] [PATCHv2 2/3] mm: don't free pages until mm locks are released

>>> On 02.12.15 at 17:30, <george.dunlap@xxxxxxxxxx> wrote:
> On 02/12/15 16:23, Tim Deegan wrote:
>> At 07:25 +0000 on 02 Dec (1449041100), Tian, Kevin wrote:
>>>> From: David Vrabel [mailto:david.vrabel@xxxxxxxxxx]
>>>> Sent: Saturday, November 14, 2015 2:50 AM
>>>> If a page is freed without translations being invalidated, and the page is
>>>> subsequently allocated to another domain, a guest with a cached
>>>> translation will still be able to access the page.
>>>> Currently translations are invalidated before releasing the page ref, but
>>>> while still holding the mm locks.  To allow translations to be invalidated
>>>> without holding the mm locks, we need to keep a reference to the page
>>>> for a bit longer in some cases.
>>>> [ This seems difficult to a) verify as correct; and b) difficult to get
>>>> correct in the future.  A better suggestion would be useful.  Perhaps
>>>> using something like pg->tlbflush_needed mechanism that already exists
>>>> for pages from PV guests? ]
>>> Per-page flag looks clean in general, but not an expert here. Tim might
>>> have a better idea.
>> I think you can probably use the tlbflush_timestamp stuff as-is for
>> EPT flushes -- the existing TLB shootdowns already drop all EPT
>> translations.
> Are you saying that if you do a TLB shootdown you don't need to do an
> invept command?  That doesn't sound right.

No. flush_area_local() (i.e. the actual worker function of TLB
shootdown) calls hvm_flush_guest_tlbs() (in turn leading to


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