On Thu, 2020-09-24 at 16:29 +0300, Mike Rapoport wrote:
Introduce "memfd_secret" system call with the ability to create memory areas visible only in the context of the owning process and not mapped not only to other processes but in the kernel page tables as well.
The user will create a file descriptor using the memfd_secret() system call where flags supplied as a parameter to this system call will define the desired protection mode for the memory associated with that file descriptor.
Currently there are two protection modes:
- exclusive - the memory area is unmapped from the kernel direct map
and it is present only in the page tables of the owning mm.
Seems like there were some concerns raised around direct map efficiency, but in case you are going to rework this...how does this memory work for the existing kernel functionality that does things like this?
get_user_pages(, &page); ptr = kmap(page); foo = *ptr;
Not sure if I'm missing something, but I think apps could cause the kernel to access a not-present page and oops.