Re: [RFC] prevent "dd if=/dev/mem" crash

From: William Lee Irwin III <>
Date: 2003-10-20 05:01:21
On Sun, Oct 19, 2003 at 05:25:37AM -0600, Eric W. Biederman wrote:
> We do have all of the information we need in struct page to see if a
> page address is valid, so checking that is reasonable.  I suspect it
> will require some interesting variant of pfn_to_page to handle of the
> weird sparse memory locations properly.

It would be best to check the pfn before attempting to convert it to a
struct page. The struct page * returned by arch code will be garbage in
most instances, as none of the routines actually check validity
internally. pfn_valid() is even bogus on most of them, so you'll have
to walk pgdats by hand for this. The pfn_valid() checks work most of the
time on PC's, but the first time someone runs X on a box with discontig
and a bogus pfn_valid() they'll get fireworks (and in fact, it's already
happened, but wasn't posted to lkml).

-- wli
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