Re: Mprotect needs arch hook for updated PTE settings

From: Zoltan Menyhart <>
Date: 2005-03-16 23:58:04
An application should not change the protection of its _own_ text region
without knowing well the requirements of the given architecture.
I do not think we should add anything into the kernel for this case.

I did see /lib/* changing the protection of the text
segment of the _victim_ application, when it linked the library references.* changes the protection for the whole text segment
(otherwise, as the protection is per VMA, it would result in a VMA
The text segment can be huge. There is no reason to flush all the text
segment every time when* patches an instruction and
changes the protection.

I think the solution should consist of these two measures:

1. Let's say that if an VMA is "executable", then it remains "executable"
   for ever, i.e. the mprotect() keeps the PROT_EXEC bit.
   As a result, if a page is faulted in for this VMA in the mean time, the
   old good mechanism makes sure that the I-caches are flushed.

2. Let's modify ld-linux-<arch>.so.*: having patched an instruction, it
   should take the appropriate, architecture dependent measure, e.g. for
   ia64, it should issue an "fc" instruction.

   (Who cares for a debugger ? It should know what it does ;-).)

I think there is no need for any extra flushes.


Zoltan Menyhart
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Received on Wed Mar 16 07:59:38 2005

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