The new interface is queued for v4.9 in linux-next, please evaluate whether it
could be backported into 16.10.
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[Feature] Purley: Memory Protection Keys
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Memory Protection Keys for Userspace (PKU aka PKEYs) is a Skylake-SP server
feature that provides a mechanism for enforcing page-based protections, but
without requiring modification of the page tables when an application changes
protection domains. It works by dedicating 4 previously ignored bits in each
page table entry to a "protection key", giving 16 possible keys.
There is also a new user-accessible register (PKRU) with two separate bits
(Access Disable and Write Disable) for each key.Being a CPU register, PKRU is
inherently thread-local,potentially giving each thread a different set of
protectionsfrom every other thread.
There are two new instructions (RDPKRU/WRPKRU) for reading and writing to the
new register. The feature is only available in 64-bit mode, even though there
is theoretically space in the PAE PTEs. These permissions are enforced on data
access only and have no effect on instruction fetches.
v4.6 kernel implement basic and execute-only support
v4.9 kernel will have new interface
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