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From: Peter Xu <peterx@redhat.com>
To: Daniel Colascione <dancol@google.com>
Cc: Jonathan Corbet <corbet@lwn.net>,
	Alexander Viro <viro@zeniv.linux.org.uk>,
	Luis Chamberlain <mcgrof@kernel.org>,
	Kees Cook <keescook@chromium.org>,
	Iurii Zaikin <yzaikin@google.com>,
	Mauro Carvalho Chehab <mchehab+samsung@kernel.org>,
	Andrew Morton <akpm@linux-foundation.org>,
	Andy Shevchenko <andy.shevchenko@gmail.com>,
	Vlastimil Babka <vbabka@suse.cz>,
	Mel Gorman <mgorman@techsingularity.net>,
	Sebastian Andrzej Siewior <bigeasy@linutronix.de>,
	Andrea Arcangeli <aarcange@redhat.com>,
	Mike Rapoport <rppt@linux.ibm.com>,
	Jerome Glisse <jglisse@redhat.com>, Shaohua Li <shli@fb.com>,
	linux-doc@vger.kernel.org, linux-kernel@vger.kernel.org,
	linux-fsdevel@vger.kernel.org, timmurray@google.com,
	minchan@google.com, sspatil@google.com, lokeshgidra@google.com
Subject: Re: [PATCH 2/2] Add a new sysctl knob: unprivileged_userfaultfd_user_mode_only
Date: Wed, 6 May 2020 15:38:16 -0400
Message-ID: <20200506193816.GB228260@xz-x1> (raw)
In-Reply-To: <20200423002632.224776-3-dancol@google.com>

On Wed, Apr 22, 2020 at 05:26:32PM -0700, Daniel Colascione wrote:
> +unprivileged_userfaultfd_user_mode_only
> +========================================
> +
> +This flag controls whether unprivileged users can use the userfaultfd
> +system calls to handle page faults in kernel mode.  If set to zero,
> +userfaultfd works with or without UFFD_USER_MODE_ONLY, modulo
> +unprivileged_userfaultfd above.  If set to one, users without
> +SYS_CAP_PTRACE must pass UFFD_USER_MODE_ONLY in order for userfaultfd
> +to succeed.  Prohibiting use of userfaultfd for handling faults from
> +kernel mode may make certain vulnerabilities more difficult
> +to exploit.
> +
> +The default value is 0.

If this is going to be added... I am thinking whether it should be easier to
add another value for unprivileged_userfaultfd, rather than a new sysctl. E.g.:

  "0": unprivileged userfaultfd forbidden
  "1": unprivileged userfaultfd allowed (both user/kernel faults)
  "2": unprivileged userfaultfd allowed (only user faults)

Because after all unprivileged_userfaultfd_user_mode_only will be meaningless
(iiuc) if unprivileged_userfaultfd=0.  The default value will also be the same
as before ("1") then.

Thanks,

-- 
Peter Xu


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Thread overview: 29+ messages / expand[flat|nested]  mbox.gz  Atom feed  top
2020-04-23  0:26 [PATCH 0/2] Control over userfaultfd kernel-fault handling Daniel Colascione
2020-04-23  0:26 ` [PATCH 1/2] Add UFFD_USER_MODE_ONLY Daniel Colascione
2020-07-24 14:28   ` Michael S. Tsirkin
2020-07-24 14:46     ` Lokesh Gidra
2020-07-26 10:09       ` Michael S. Tsirkin
2020-04-23  0:26 ` [PATCH 2/2] Add a new sysctl knob: unprivileged_userfaultfd_user_mode_only Daniel Colascione
2020-05-06 19:38   ` Peter Xu [this message]
2020-05-07 19:15     ` Jonathan Corbet
2020-05-20  4:06       ` Andrea Arcangeli
2020-05-08 16:52   ` Michael S. Tsirkin
2020-05-08 16:54     ` Michael S. Tsirkin
2020-05-20  4:59       ` Andrea Arcangeli
2020-05-20 18:03         ` Kees Cook
2020-05-20 19:48           ` Andrea Arcangeli
2020-05-20 19:51             ` Andrea Arcangeli
2020-05-20 20:17               ` Lokesh Gidra
2020-05-20 21:16                 ` Andrea Arcangeli
2020-07-17 12:57                   ` Jeffrey Vander Stoep
2020-07-23 17:30                     ` Lokesh Gidra
2020-07-24  0:13                       ` Nick Kralevich
2020-07-24 13:40                         ` Michael S. Tsirkin
2020-08-06  0:43                           ` Nick Kralevich
2020-08-06  5:44                             ` Michael S. Tsirkin
2020-08-17 22:11                               ` Lokesh Gidra
2020-09-04  3:34                                 ` Andrea Arcangeli
2020-09-05  0:36                                   ` Lokesh Gidra
2020-09-19 18:14                                     ` Nick Kralevich
2020-07-24 14:01 ` [PATCH 0/2] Control over userfaultfd kernel-fault handling Michael S. Tsirkin
2020-07-24 14:41   ` Lokesh Gidra

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