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Date: Wed, 13 Jul 2016 11:02:50 +0200
From: Daniel Borkmann <>
To: Shubham Bansal <>, 
 Kees Cook <>
CC: "" <>,
 "Reshetova, Elena" <>
Subject: Re: Looking for something to WORK ON

Hi Shubham,

On 07/13/2016 09:37 AM, Shubham Bansal wrote:
> Hi,
>> So overall I have 3 options :
>>> PaX's UDEREF feature - I want to work on this if its needed
>> This is a large project.
> I am happy to do it. Do you have anything where I can start ? I might need
> someone who could guide me through it. It would be great if you could.
>>> PAN emulation on ARMv8.0 - My second preference would be this.
>> This sounds like it requires more research?
>>> Convert remaining BPF JITs to eBPF JIT (with blinding) - Happy to do it
>> if
>>> need
>> I think this has value and there are folks that can help direct you
>> through this. Since you're new to kernel development, maybe start here
>> to get a sense of the amount of work needed, and then go from there?
> Okay. I will start here. I will keep the PAX's UDREF feature in the
> background and start working on this. I will reach out to Daniel Borkmann
> and Elena Reshetova for the starting pointers.

Feel free to check out slides etc that are mostly located here:

Also, Documentation/networking/filter.txt in the kernel tree provides some
info as a starting point, an example of eBPF JIT can be found here arch/x86/net/
in kernel tree.

To give you a basic overview what JITs are still classic BPF (cBPF) ones:

$ git grep -n "select HAVE_CBPF_JIT"
arch/arm/Kconfig:44:    select HAVE_CBPF_JIT
arch/mips/Kconfig:18:   select HAVE_CBPF_JIT if !CPU_MICROMIPS
arch/powerpc/Kconfig:131:       select HAVE_CBPF_JIT if CPU_BIG_ENDIAN
arch/sparc/Kconfig:35:  select HAVE_CBPF_JIT

... and which are eBPF (ppc64 one should get merged next window I believe):

$ git grep -n "select HAVE_EBPF_JIT"
arch/arm64/Kconfig:64:  select HAVE_EBPF_JIT
arch/s390/Kconfig:131:  select HAVE_EBPF_JIT if PACK_STACK && HAVE_MARCH_Z196_FEATURES
arch/x86/Kconfig:94:    select HAVE_EBPF_JIT                    if X86_64


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