[v4,02/15] kasan: clarify HW_TAGS impact on TBI
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  • kasan: HW_TAGS tests support and fixes
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Andrey Konovalov Jan. 15, 2021, 5:52 p.m. UTC
Mention in the documentation that enabling CONFIG_KASAN_HW_TAGS
always results in in-kernel TBI (Top Byte Ignore) being enabled.

Also do a few minor documentation cleanups.

Link: https://linux-review.googlesource.com/id/Iba2a6697e3c6304cb53f89ec61dedc77fa29e3ae
Reviewed-by: Marco Elver <elver@google.com>
Reviewed-by: Alexander Potapenko <glider@google.com>
Signed-off-by: Andrey Konovalov <andreyknvl@google.com>
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 Documentation/dev-tools/kasan.rst | 16 +++++++++++-----
 1 file changed, 11 insertions(+), 5 deletions(-)

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diff --git a/Documentation/dev-tools/kasan.rst b/Documentation/dev-tools/kasan.rst
index 0fc3fb1860c4..26c99852a852 100644
--- a/Documentation/dev-tools/kasan.rst
+++ b/Documentation/dev-tools/kasan.rst
@@ -147,15 +147,14 @@  negative values to distinguish between different kinds of inaccessible memory
 like redzones or freed memory (see mm/kasan/kasan.h).
 
 In the report above the arrows point to the shadow byte 03, which means that
-the accessed address is partially accessible.
-
-For tag-based KASAN this last report section shows the memory tags around the
-accessed address (see `Implementation details`_ section).
+the accessed address is partially accessible. For tag-based KASAN modes this
+last report section shows the memory tags around the accessed address
+(see the `Implementation details`_ section).
 
 Boot parameters
 ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~
 
-Hardware tag-based KASAN mode (see the section about different mode below) is
+Hardware tag-based KASAN mode (see the section about various modes below) is
 intended for use in production as a security mitigation. Therefore it supports
 boot parameters that allow to disable KASAN competely or otherwise control
 particular KASAN features.
@@ -305,6 +304,13 @@  reserved to tag freed memory regions.
 Hardware tag-based KASAN currently only supports tagging of
 kmem_cache_alloc/kmalloc and page_alloc memory.
 
+If the hardware doesn't support MTE (pre ARMv8.5), hardware tag-based KASAN
+won't be enabled. In this case all boot parameters are ignored.
+
+Note, that enabling CONFIG_KASAN_HW_TAGS always results in in-kernel TBI being
+enabled. Even when kasan.mode=off is provided, or when the hardware doesn't
+support MTE (but supports TBI).
+
 What memory accesses are sanitised by KASAN?
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