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Date: Wed, 23 Dec 2015 20:15:29 +0000
From: Russell King - ARM Linux <>
To: Kees Cook <>
Cc: Laura Abbott <>,
	Laura Abbott <>,
	Catalin Marinas <>,,
	LKML <>, Linux-MM <>,
	Ard Biesheuvel <>,
	Will Deacon <>, Nicolas Pitre <>,
	Arnd Bergmann <>,
Subject: Re: [PATCH v2] ARM: mm: flip priority of CONFIG_DEBUG_RODATA

On Wed, Dec 02, 2015 at 12:27:25PM -0800, Kees Cook wrote:
> The use of CONFIG_DEBUG_RODATA is generally seen as an essential part of
> kernel self-protection:
> Additionally, its name has grown to mean things beyond just rodata. To
> get ARM closer to this, we ought to rearrange the names of the configs
> that control how the kernel protects its memory. What was called
> CONFIG_ARM_KERNMEM_PERMS is really doing the work that other architectures


There is a subtle problem with the kernel memory permissions and the
DMA debugging.

DMA debugging checks whether we're trying to do DMA from the kernel
mappings (text, rodata, data etc).  It checks _text.._etext.  However,
when RODATA is enabled, we have about one section between _text and
_stext which are freed into the kernel's page pool, and then become
available for allocation and use for DMA.

This then causes the DMA debugging sanity check to fire.

So, I think I'll revert this change for the time being as it seems to
be causing many people problems, and having this enabled is creating
extra warnings when kernel debug options are enabled along with it.


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