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[v5,3/3] virtio-mem: disallow mapping virtio-mem memory via /dev/mem

Message ID 20210920142856.17758-4-david@redhat.com (mailing list archive)
State New
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Series virtio-mem: disallow mapping virtio-mem memory via /dev/mem | expand

Commit Message

David Hildenbrand Sept. 20, 2021, 2:28 p.m. UTC
We don't want user space to be able to map virtio-mem device memory
directly (e.g., via /dev/mem) in order to have guarantees that in a sane
setup we'll never accidentially access unplugged memory within the
device-managed region of a virtio-mem device, just as required by the

As soon as the virtio-mem driver is loaded, the device region is visible
in /proc/iomem via the parent device region. From that point on user space
is aware of the device region and we want to disallow mapping anything
inside that region (where we will dynamically (un)plug memory) until
the driver has been unloaded cleanly and e.g., another driver might take

By creating our parent IORESOURCE_SYSTEM_RAM resource with
IORESOURCE_EXCLUSIVE, we will disallow any /dev/mem access to our
device region until the driver was unloaded cleanly and removed the
parent region. This will work even though only some memory blocks are
actually currently added to Linux and appear as busy in the resource tree.

So access to the region from user space is only possible
a) if we don't load the virtio-mem driver.
b) after unloading the virtio-mem driver cleanly.

Don't build virtio-mem if access to /dev/mem cannot be restricticted --
if we have CONFIG_DEVMEM=y but CONFIG_STRICT_DEVMEM is not set.

Reviewed-by: Dan Williams <dan.j.williams@intel.com>
Acked-by: Michael S. Tsirkin <mst@redhat.com>
Signed-off-by: David Hildenbrand <david@redhat.com>
 drivers/virtio/Kconfig      | 1 +
 drivers/virtio/virtio_mem.c | 4 +++-
 2 files changed, 4 insertions(+), 1 deletion(-)
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diff --git a/drivers/virtio/Kconfig b/drivers/virtio/Kconfig
index ce1b3f6ec325..0d974162899d 100644
--- a/drivers/virtio/Kconfig
+++ b/drivers/virtio/Kconfig
@@ -101,6 +101,7 @@  config VIRTIO_MEM
 	depends on CONTIG_ALLOC
 	 This driver provides access to virtio-mem paravirtualized memory
 	 devices, allowing to hotplug and hotunplug memory.
diff --git a/drivers/virtio/virtio_mem.c b/drivers/virtio/virtio_mem.c
index bef8ad6bf466..c619bc0e46a7 100644
--- a/drivers/virtio/virtio_mem.c
+++ b/drivers/virtio/virtio_mem.c
@@ -2525,8 +2525,10 @@  static int virtio_mem_create_resource(struct virtio_mem *vm)
 	if (!name)
 		return -ENOMEM;
+	/* Disallow mapping device memory via /dev/mem completely. */
 	vm->parent_resource = __request_mem_region(vm->addr, vm->region_size,
-						   name, IORESOURCE_SYSTEM_RAM);
+						   name, IORESOURCE_SYSTEM_RAM |
 	if (!vm->parent_resource) {
 		dev_warn(&vm->vdev->dev, "could not reserve device region\n");