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Re: [Qemu-devel] [PATCH v4 0/6] nvdimm: support MAP_SYNC for memory-back

From: Haozhong Zhang
Subject: Re: [Qemu-devel] [PATCH v4 0/6] nvdimm: support MAP_SYNC for memory-backend-file
Date: Thu, 1 Feb 2018 08:24:58 +0800
User-agent: NeoMutt/20171027

On 01/31/18 16:08 -0800, Dan Williams wrote:
> On Wed, Jan 31, 2018 at 4:02 PM, Haozhong Zhang
> <address@hidden> wrote:
> > On 01/31/18 14:25 -0800, Dan Williams wrote:
> >> On Tue, Jan 30, 2018 at 10:02 PM, Haozhong Zhang
> >> <address@hidden> wrote:
> >> > Linux 4.15 introduces a new mmap flag MAP_SYNC, which can be used to
> >> > guarantee the write persistence to mmap'ed files supporting DAX (e.g.,
> >> > files on ext4/xfs file system mounted with '-o dax').
> >>
> >> Wait, MAP_SYNC does not guarantee persistence. It makes sure that the
> >> metadata is in sync after a fault. However, that does not make
> >> filesystem-DAX safe for use with QEMU, because we still need to
> >> coordinate DMA with fileystem operations. There is no way to do that
> >> coordination from within a guest. QEMU needs to use device-dax if the
> >> guest might ever perform DMA to a virtual-pmem range. See this patch
> >> set for more details on the DAX vs DMA problem [1]. I think we need to
> >> enforce this in the host kernel. I.e. do not allow file backed DAX
> >> pages to be mapped in EPT entries unless / until we have a solution to
> >> the DMA synchronization problem. Apologies for not noticing this
> >> earlier.
> >
> > QEMU does not truncate or punch holes of the file once it has been
> > mmap()'ed. Does the problem [1] still exist in such case?
> Something else on the system might. The only agent that could enforce
> protection is the kernel, and the kernel will likely just disallow
> passing addresses from filesystem-dax vmas through to a guest
> altogether. I think there's even a problem in the non-DAX case unless
> KVM is pinning pages while they are handed out to a guest. The problem
> is that we don't have a page cache page to pin in the DAX case.

Does it mean any user-space code like
  ptr = mmap(..., fd, ...); // fd refers to a file on DAX filesystem
  // make DMA to ptr
is unsafe?

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