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    arm64: Add support for hardware updates of the access and dirty pte bits · 2f4b829c
    Catalin Marinas authored
    The ARMv8.1 architecture extensions introduce support for hardware
    updates of the access and dirty information in page table entries. With
    TCR_EL1.HA enabled, when the CPU accesses an address with the PTE_AF bit
    cleared in the page table, instead of raising an access flag fault the
    CPU sets the actual page table entry bit. To ensure that kernel
    modifications to the page tables do not inadvertently revert a change
    introduced by hardware updates, the exclusive monitor (ldxr/stxr) is
    adopted in the pte accessors.
    When TCR_EL1.HD is enabled, a write access to a memory location with the
    DBM (Dirty Bit Management) bit set in the corresponding pte
    automatically clears the read-only bit (AP[2]). Such DBM bit maps onto
    the Linux PTE_WRITE bit and to check whether a writable (DBM set) page
    is dirty, the kernel tests the PTE_RDONLY bit. In order to allow
    read-only and dirty pages, the kernel needs to preserve the software
    dirty bit. The hardware dirty status is transferred to the software
    dirty bit in ptep_set_wrprotect() (using load/store exclusive loop) and
    Signed-off-by: default avatarCatalin Marinas <catalin.marinas@arm.com>
    Signed-off-by: default avatarWill Deacon <will.deacon@arm.com>
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