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From: Kees Cook <>
To: Dan Rosenberg <>
Subject: Re: [PATCH v2] kptr_restrict for hiding kernel pointers from unprivileged users
Date: Fri, 10 Dec 2010 16:11:51 -0800
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In-Reply-To: <1292025924.2965.20.camel@Dan>

On Fri, Dec 10, 2010 at 07:05:24PM -0500, Dan Rosenberg wrote:
> The below patch adds the %pK format specifier, the
> CONFIG_SECURITY_KPTR_RESTRICT configuration option, and the
> kptr_restrict sysctl.
> The %pK format specifier is designed to hide exposed kernel pointers
> from unprivileged users, specifically via /proc interfaces.  Its
> behavior depends on the kptr_restrict sysctl, whose default value
> depends on CONFIG_SECURITY_KPTR_RESTRICT.  If kptr_restrict is set to 0,
> no deviation from the standard %p behavior occurs.  If kptr_restrict is
> set to 1, if the current user (intended to be a reader via seq_printf(),
> etc.) does not have CAP_SYSLOG (which is currently in the LSM tree),
> kernel pointers using %pK are printed as 0's.  This was chosen over the
> default "(null)", which cannot be parsed by userland %p, which expects
> "(nil)".
> v2 improves checking for inappropriate context, on suggestion by Peter
> Zijlstra.  Thanks to Thomas Graf for suggesting use of a centralized
> format specifier.
> Signed-off-by: Dan Rosenberg <>

This will come in very handy! Thanks for working on this approach. :)

Acked-by: Kees Cook <>


Kees Cook
Ubuntu Security Team

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Thread overview: 7+ messages / expand[flat|nested]  mbox.gz  Atom feed  top
2010-12-11  0:05 Dan Rosenberg
2010-12-11  0:11 ` Kees Cook [this message]
2010-12-18  0:44 ` Andrew Morton
2010-12-18  1:12   ` Dan Rosenberg
2010-12-18  1:22     ` Andrew Morton
2010-12-18  5:22       ` Dan Rosenberg
2010-12-18  0:53 ` Andrew Morton

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