Date: Fri, 6 Jan 2017 07:49:00 +0100 From: Ingo Molnar <mingo@...nel.org> To: Thomas Garnier <thgarnie@...gle.com> Cc: Andy Lutomirski <luto@...capital.net>, Andy Lutomirski <luto@...nel.org>, Arjan van de Ven <arjan@...ux.intel.com>, Thomas Gleixner <tglx@...utronix.de>, Ingo Molnar <mingo@...hat.com>, "H . Peter Anvin" <hpa@...or.com>, Kees Cook <keescook@...omium.org>, Borislav Petkov <bp@...en8.de>, Dave Hansen <dave@...1.net>, Chen Yucong <slaoub@...il.com>, Paul Gortmaker <paul.gortmaker@...driver.com>, Andrew Morton <akpm@...ux-foundation.org>, Masahiro Yamada <yamada.masahiro@...ionext.com>, Sebastian Andrzej Siewior <bigeasy@...utronix.de>, Anna-Maria Gleixner <anna-maria@...utronix.de>, Boris Ostrovsky <boris.ostrovsky@...cle.com>, Rasmus Villemoes <linux@...musvillemoes.dk>, Michael Ellerman <mpe@...erman.id.au>, Juergen Gross <jgross@...e.com>, Richard Weinberger <richard@....at>, X86 ML <x86@...nel.org>, "linux-kernel@...r.kernel.org" <linux-kernel@...r.kernel.org>, "kernel-hardening@...ts.openwall.com" <kernel-hardening@...ts.openwall.com> Subject: Re: [RFC] x86/mm/KASLR: Remap GDTs at fixed location * Thomas Garnier <thgarnie@...gle.com> wrote: > >> Not sure I fully understood and I don't want to miss an important point. Do > >> you mean making GDT (remapping and per-cpu) read-only and switch the > >> writeable flag only when we write to the per-cpu entry? > > > > What I mean is: write to the GDT through normal percpu access (or whatever the > > normal mapping is) but load a read-only alias into the GDT register. As long > > as nothing ever tries to write through the GDTR alias, no page faults will be > > generated. So we just need to make sure that nothing ever writes to it > > through GDTR. AFAIK the only reason the CPU ever writes to the address in > > GDTR is to set an accessed bit. > > A write is made when we use load_TR_desc (ltr). I didn't see any other yet. Is this write to the GDT, generated by the LTR instruction, done unconditionally by the hardware? Thanks, Ingo
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