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Date: Thu, 5 Jan 2017 15:16:05 -0800
From: Thomas Garnier <thgarnie@...gle.com>
To: Linus Torvalds <torvalds@...ux-foundation.org>
Cc: Andy Lutomirski <luto@...nel.org>, Arjan van de Ven <arjan@...ux.intel.com>, 
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Subject: Re: [RFC] x86/mm/KASLR: Remap GDTs at fixed location

On Thu, Jan 5, 2017 at 3:05 PM, Linus Torvalds
<torvalds@...ux-foundation.org> wrote:
> On Thu, Jan 5, 2017 at 12:18 PM, Andy Lutomirski <luto@...nel.org> wrote:
>>
>> Hmm.  I bet that if we preset the accessed bits in all the segments
>> then we don't need it to be writable in general.
>
> I'm not sure that this is architecturally safe.
>
> IIRC, we do mark the IDT read-only - but that one we started doing due
> to the f00f bug, so we knew it was ok. I'm not sure you can do the
> same with the GDT/LDT.
>

I started testing a variant that make the GDT remapping read-only by
default and writeable only for LTR. Everything works fine, even
hibernation. I need to do more testing though on different
architectures.

To be on the safe side, I could separate the read-only part in a
separate patch so we can easily remove it if extended testing show
something.

>                    Linus



-- 
Thomas

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