Subject: Re: map user memory in kernel
To: Steven M. Bellovin <email@example.com>
From: Nathan J. Williams <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Date: 11/05/2005 12:09:59
"Steven M. Bellovin" <email@example.com> writes:
> That's correct, but only under certain circumstances: if the wakeup
> process is recalculating the physical address. In many cases, the
> wakeup address is stored in a per-instance data structure.
The only token associated with the futex syscall is an address in the
calling process. The problematic situation is:
process 1, thread1: futex(FUTEX_WAIT, &va1). va1 maps to pa1
pa1 is paged out; time passes; the contents are paged back in to pa2.
process 1, thread2: futex(FUTEX_WAKE, &va1). va1 maps to pa2.
To make this work, the value to sleep on needs to be more persistent
than a physical address. Something like a hash of the vm_map and the
virtual address would do the trick for one process; to make this work
across processes, the right thing is probably the kernel address of a
lower-level backing object.