On 22.02.21 10:38, David Hildenbrand wrote:
On 17.02.21 17:19, James Bottomley wrote:
> On Tue, 2021-02-16 at 18:16 +0100, David Hildenbrand wrote:
>>>> The discussion regarding migratability only really popped up
>>>> because this is a user-visible thing and not being able to
>>>> migrate can be a real problem (fragmentation, ZONE_MOVABLE, ...).
>>> I think the biggest use will potentially come from hardware
>>> acceleration. If it becomes simple to add say encryption to a
>>> secret page with no cost, then no flag needed. However, if we only
>>> have a limited number of keys so once we run out no more encrypted
>>> memory then it becomes a costly resource and users might want a
>>> choice of being backed by encryption or not.
>> Right. But wouldn't HW support with configurable keys etc. need more
>> syscall parameters (meaning, even memefd_secret() as it is would not
>> be sufficient?). I suspect the simplistic flag approach might not
>> be sufficient. I might be wrong because I have no clue about MKTME
>> and friends.
> The theory I was operating under is key management is automatic and
> hidden, but key scarcity can't be, so if you flag requesting hardware
> backing then you either get success (the kernel found a key) or failure
> (the kernel is out of keys). If we actually want to specify the key
> then we need an extra argument and we *must* have a new system call.
>> Anyhow, I still think extending memfd_create() might just be good
>> enough - at least for now.
> I really think this is the wrong approach for a user space ABI. If we
> think we'll ever need to move to a separate syscall, we should begin
> with one. The pain of trying to shift userspace from memfd_create to a
> new syscall would be enormous. It's not impossible (see clone3) but
> it's a pain we should avoid if we know it's coming.
Sorry for the late reply, there is just too much going on :)
*If* we ever realize we need to pass more parameters we can easily have
a new syscall for that purpose. *Then*, we know how that syscall will
look like. Right now, it's just pure speculation.
Until then, going with memfd_create() works just fine IMHO.
The worst think that could happen is that we might not be able to create
all fancy sectremem flavors in the future via memfd_create() but only
via different, highly specialized syscall. I don't see a real problem
Adding to that, I'll give up arguing now as I have more important things
to do. It has been questioned by various people why we need a dedicate
syscall and at least for me, without a satisfying answer.
Worst thing is that we end up with a syscall that could have been
avoided, for example, because
1. We add existing/future memfd_create() flags to memfd_secret() as well
when we need them (sealing, hugetlb., ..).
2. We decide in the future to still add MFD_SECRET support to
So be it.
David / dhildenb