Follow @Openwall on Twitter for new release announcements and other news
[<prev] [next>] [<thread-prev] [thread-next>] [day] [month] [year] [list]
Date: Thu, 28 Jan 2016 14:59:01 +0000
From: Mark Rutland <>
To: Kees Cook <>
Cc: David Brown <>,
	"" <>,
	Ingo Molnar <>,
	Andy Lutomirski <>,
	"H. Peter Anvin" <>,
	Michael Ellerman <>,
	Mathias Krause <>,
	Thomas Gleixner <>,
	"" <>, Arnd Bergmann <>,
	PaX Team <>, Emese Revfy <>,
	LKML <>,
	linux-arch <>,
	Catalin Marinas <>,
	Will Deacon <>,
	Marc Zyngier <>,
	yalin wang <>,
	Zi Shen Lim <>, Yang Shi <>,
	Ard Biesheuvel <>,
	Laura Abbott <>,
	"Suzuki K. Poulose" <>,
	Steve Capper <>,
	Jeremy Linton <>,
	Mark Salter <>,
	"" <>
Subject: Re: [PATCH] arm64: make CONFIG_DEBUG_RODATA non-optional

On Thu, Jan 28, 2016 at 06:06:53AM -0800, Kees Cook wrote:
> On Thu, Jan 28, 2016 at 3:06 AM, Mark Rutland <> wrote:
> > One thing I would like to do is to avoid the need for fixup_executable
> > entirely, by mapping the kernel text RO from the outset. However, that
> > requires rework of the alternatives patching (to use a temporary RW
> > alias), and I haven't had the time to look into that yet.
> This makes perfect sense for the rodata section, but the (future)
> postinit_rodata section we'll still want to mark RO after init
> finishes. x86 and ARM cheat by marking both RO after init, and they
> don't have to pad sections. parisc will need to solve this too.

Depending on how many postinit_rodata variables there are, we might be
able to drop those in .rodata, have them RO always, and initialise them
via a temporary RW alias (e.g. something in the vmalloc area).

The only requirement for that is that we use a helper to initialise any
__postinit_ro variables via a temporary RW alias, e.g.

#define SET_POST_INIT_RO(ptr, v) ({ 		\\
	typeof(ptr) __ptr_rw = (ptr)		\\
	BUG_ON(initcalls_done);			\\
	__ptr_rw = create_rw_alias(__ptr);	\\
	__ptr_rw = v;				\\
	destroy_rw_alias(__ptr_rw);		\\


__postinit_ro void *thing;

void __init some_init_func(void) {
	void *__thing = some_ranodomized_allocator();
	SET_POSTINIT_RO(thing, thing);


Powered by blists - more mailing lists

Confused about mailing lists and their use? Read about mailing lists on Wikipedia and check out these guidelines on proper formatting of your messages.