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From: Dave Martin <>
To: Jeremy Linton <>
Cc: Mark Brown <>,
	Catalin Marinas <>,,,
	Szabolcs Nagy <>,
	Will Deacon <>,
Subject: Re: [PATCH v1 2/2] arm64: Enable BTI for main executable as well as the interpreter
Date: Thu, 10 Jun 2021 11:33:54 +0100	[thread overview]
Message-ID: <> (raw)
In-Reply-To: <>

On Tue, Jun 08, 2021 at 10:42:41AM -0500, Jeremy Linton wrote:
> On 6/8/21 10:19 AM, Dave Martin wrote:
> >On Tue, Jun 08, 2021 at 12:33:18PM +0100, Mark Brown via Libc-alpha wrote:
> >>On Mon, Jun 07, 2021 at 07:12:13PM +0100, Catalin Marinas wrote:
> >>
> >>>I don't think we can document all the filters that can be added on top
> >>>various syscalls, so I'd leave it undocumented (or part of the systemd
> >>>documentation). It was a user space program (systemd) breaking another
> >>>user space program (well, anything with a new enough glibc). The kernel
> >>>ABI was still valid when /sbin/init started ;).
> >>
> >>Indeed.  I think from a kernel point of view the main thing is to look
> >>at why userspace feels the need to do things like this and see if
> >>there's anything we can improve or do better with in future APIs, part
> >>of the original discussion here was figuring out that there's not really
> >>any other reasonable options for userspace to implement this check at
> >>the minute.
> >
> >Ack, that would be my policy -- just wanted to make it explicit.
> >It would be good if there were better dialogue between the systemd
> >and kernel folks on this kind of thing.
> >
> >SECCOMP makes it rather easy to (attempt to) paper over kernel/user API
> >design problems, which probably reduces the chance of the API ever being
> >fixed properly, if we're not careful...
> Well IMHO the problem is larger than just BTI here, what systemd is trying
> to do by fixing the exec state of a service is admirable but its a 90%
> solution without the entire linker/loader being in a more privileged
> context. While BTI makes finding a generic gadget that can call mprotect
> harder, it still seems like it might just be a little too easy. The secomp
> filter is providing a nice bonus by removing the ability to disable BTI via
> mprotect without also disabling X. So without moving more of the linker into
> the kernel its hard to see how one can really lock down X only pages.
> Anyway, i'm testing this on rawhide now.
> Thanks!

Well, I agree that there are larger issues here.  But we need to be
realistic and try not to do too much damage to future maintainability.

Note, your "bonus" is really a feature-like bug.  This is what we
should be trying to avoid IMHO: if it's important, it needs to be
designed and guaranteed.  Something that works by accident is likely to
get broken again by accident in the future.


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      reply	other threads:[~2021-06-10 10:38 UTC|newest]

Thread overview: 14+ messages / expand[flat|nested]  mbox.gz  Atom feed  top
2021-05-21 14:46 [PATCH v1 0/2] arm64: Enable BTI for the " Mark Brown
2021-05-21 14:46 ` [PATCH v1 1/2] elf: Allow architectures to parse properties on the main executable Mark Brown
2021-06-03 15:40   ` Dave Martin
2021-06-03 18:52     ` Mark Brown
2021-05-21 14:46 ` [PATCH v1 2/2] arm64: Enable BTI for main executable as well as the interpreter Mark Brown
2021-06-03 15:40   ` Dave Martin
2021-06-03 16:51     ` Mark Brown
2021-06-03 18:04       ` Catalin Marinas
2021-06-07 11:25         ` Dave Martin
2021-06-07 18:12           ` Catalin Marinas
2021-06-08 11:33             ` Mark Brown
2021-06-08 15:19               ` Dave Martin
2021-06-08 15:42                 ` Jeremy Linton
2021-06-10 10:33                   ` Dave Martin [this message]

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