[PATCH RFC v2 00/13] IOMMUFD Generic interface

Steven Sistare steven.sistare at oracle.com
Wed Oct 12 14:55:57 UTC 2022

On 10/12/2022 10:40 AM, Jason Gunthorpe wrote:
> On Wed, Oct 12, 2022 at 09:50:53AM -0400, Steven Sistare wrote:
>>> Anyhow, I think this conversation has convinced me there is no way to
>>> fix VFIO_DMA_UNMAP_FLAG_VADDR. I'll send a patch reverting it due to
>>> it being a security bug, basically.
>> Please do not.  Please give me the courtesy of time to develop a replacement 
>> before we delete it. Surely you can make progress on other opens areas of iommufd
>> without needing to delete this immediately.
> I'm not worried about iommufd, I'm worried about shipping kernels with
> a significant security problem backed into them.
> As we cannot salvage this interface it should quickly deleted so that
> it doesn't cause any incidents.
> It will not effect your ability to create a replacement.

I am not convinced we cannot salvage the interface, and indeed I might want to reuse
parts of it, and you are over-stating the risk of a feature that is already in 
millions of kernels and has been for years. Deleting it all before having a
replacement hurts the people like myself who are continuing to develop and test
live update in qemu on the latest kernels.

- Steve

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