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[PATCH v4 0/3] livepatch: introduce atomic replace




Hi,
 
While using livepatch, I found that when doing cumulative patches, if a patched
function is completed reverted by a subsequent patch (back to its original state)
livepatch does not revert the funtion to its original state. Specifically, if
patch A introduces a change to function 1, and patch B reverts the change to
function 1 and introduces changes to say function 2 and 3 as well, the change
that patch A introduced to function 1 is still present. This could be addressed
by first completely removing patch A (disable and then rmmod) and then inserting
patch B (insmod and enable), but this leaves an unpatched window. In discussing
this issue with Josh on the kpatch mailing list, he mentioned that we could get
'atomic replace working properly', and that is the direction of this patchset:
https://www.redhat.com/archives/kpatch/2017-June/msg00005.html

Thanks,

-Jason

v3-v4:
-add static patch, objects, funcs to linked lists to simplify iterator
-break-out pure function movement as patch 2/3
 
v2-v3:
-refactor how the dynamic nops are calculated (Petr Mladek)
-move the creation of dynamic nops to enable/disable paths
-add klp_replaced_patches list to indicate patches that can be re-enabled
-dropped 'replaced' field
-renamed dynamic fields in klp_func, object and patch
-moved iterator implementation to kernel/livepatch/core.c
-'inherit' nop immediate flag
-update kobject_put free'ing logic (Petr Mladek)

v1-v2:
-removed the func_iter and obj_iter (Petr Mladek)
-initialiing kobject structure for no_op functions using:
 klp_init_object() and klp_init_func()
-added a 'replace' field to klp_patch, similar to the immediate field
-a 'replace' patch now disables all previous patches
-tried to shorten klp_init_patch_no_ops()...
-Simplified logic klp_complete_transition (Petr Mladek)

Jason Baron (3):
  livepatch: use lists to manage patches, objects and functions
  livepatch: shuffle core.c function order
  livepatch: add atomic replace

 include/linux/livepatch.h     |  23 +-
 kernel/livepatch/core.c       | 663 ++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++------------
 kernel/livepatch/core.h       |   6 +
 kernel/livepatch/patch.c      |  22 +-
 kernel/livepatch/patch.h      |   4 +-
 kernel/livepatch/transition.c |  50 +++-
 6 files changed, 569 insertions(+), 199 deletions(-)

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