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From: Arvind Sankar <nivedita@alum.mit.edu>
To: Kees Cook <keescook@chromium.org>
Cc: Thomas Gleixner <tglx@linutronix.de>,
	Elena Reshetova <elena.reshetova@intel.com>,
	x86@kernel.org, Andy Lutomirski <luto@kernel.org>,
	Peter Zijlstra <peterz@infradead.org>,
	Catalin Marinas <catalin.marinas@arm.com>,
	Will Deacon <will@kernel.org>,
	Mark Rutland <mark.rutland@arm.com>,
	Alexander Potapenko <glider@google.com>,
	Alexander Popov <alex.popov@linux.com>,
	Ard Biesheuvel <ard.biesheuvel@linaro.org>,
	Jann Horn <jannh@google.com>,
	kernel-hardening@lists.openwall.com,
	linux-arm-kernel@lists.infradead.org, linux-mm@kvack.org,
	linux-kernel@vger.kernel.org
Subject: Re: [PATCH v4 3/5] stack: Optionally randomize kernel stack offset each syscall
Date: Mon, 22 Jun 2020 18:56:15 -0400	[thread overview]
Message-ID: <20200622225615.GA3511702@rani.riverdale.lan> (raw)
In-Reply-To: <20200622193146.2985288-4-keescook@chromium.org>

On Mon, Jun 22, 2020 at 12:31:44PM -0700, Kees Cook wrote:
> +
> +#define add_random_kstack_offset() do {					\
> +	if (static_branch_maybe(CONFIG_RANDOMIZE_KSTACK_OFFSET_DEFAULT,	\
> +				&randomize_kstack_offset)) {		\
> +		u32 offset = this_cpu_read(kstack_offset);		\
> +		u8 *ptr = __builtin_alloca(offset & 0x3FF);		\
> +		asm volatile("" : "=m"(*ptr));				\
> +	}								\
> +} while (0)

This feels a little fragile. ptr doesn't escape the block, so the
compiler is free to restore the stack immediately after this block. In
fact, given that all you've said is that the asm modifies *ptr, but
nothing uses that output, the compiler could eliminate the whole thing,
no?

https://godbolt.org/z/HT43F5

gcc restores the stack immediately, if no function calls come after it.

clang completely eliminates the code if no function calls come after.

I'm not sure why function calls should affect it, though, given that
those functions can't possibly access ptr or the memory it points to.

A full memory barrier (like barrier_data) should be better -- it gives
the compiler a reason to believe that ptr might escape and be accessed
by any code following the block?

  parent reply	other threads:[~2020-06-22 22:56 UTC|newest]

Thread overview: 19+ messages / expand[flat|nested]  mbox.gz  Atom feed  top
2020-06-22 19:31 [PATCH v4 0/5] " Kees Cook
2020-06-22 19:31 ` [PATCH v4 1/5] jump_label: Provide CONFIG-driven build state defaults Kees Cook
2020-06-22 19:31 ` [PATCH v4 2/5] init_on_alloc: Unpessimize default-on builds Kees Cook
2020-06-22 19:31 ` [PATCH v4 3/5] stack: Optionally randomize kernel stack offset each syscall Kees Cook
2020-06-22 19:40   ` Randy Dunlap
2020-06-22 21:26     ` Kees Cook
2020-06-22 20:07   ` Jann Horn
2020-06-22 21:30     ` Kees Cook
2020-06-22 21:42       ` Jann Horn
2020-06-22 22:04         ` Kees Cook
2020-06-22 22:56   ` Arvind Sankar [this message]
2020-06-22 23:07     ` Kees Cook
2020-06-23  0:05       ` Arvind Sankar
2020-06-23  0:56         ` Kees Cook
2020-06-23 13:42           ` David Laight
2020-06-23 12:38   ` Alexander Popov
2020-06-22 19:31 ` [PATCH v4 4/5] x86/entry: Enable random_kstack_offset support Kees Cook
2020-06-22 19:31 ` [PATCH v4 5/5] arm64: entry: " Kees Cook
2020-06-23  9:40   ` Mark Rutland

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