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Date: Mon, 7 Aug 2017 22:46:16 +0100
From: Ard Biesheuvel <ard.biesheuvel@...aro.org>
To: Kees Cook <keescook@...omium.org>
Cc: "linux-kernel@...r.kernel.org" <linux-kernel@...r.kernel.org>, Mark Rutland <mark.rutland@....com>, 
	Catalin Marinas <catalin.marinas@....com>, James Morse <james.morse@....com>, 
	Laura Abbott <labbott@...hat.com>, Andy Lutomirski <luto@...capital.net>, 
	Matt Fleming <matt@...eblueprint.co.uk>, Will Deacon <will.deacon@....com>, 
	Kernel Hardening <kernel-hardening@...ts.openwall.com>, 
	"linux-arm-kernel@...ts.infradead.org" <linux-arm-kernel@...ts.infradead.org>
Subject: Re: [PATCH] lkdtm: Test VMAP_STACK allocates
 leading/trailing guard pages

On 7 August 2017 at 22:44, Kees Cook <keescook@...omium.org> wrote:
> On Mon, Aug 7, 2017 at 2:27 PM, Ard Biesheuvel
> <ard.biesheuvel@...aro.org> wrote:
>> On 7 August 2017 at 21:39, Kees Cook <keescook@...omium.org> wrote:
>>> Two new tests STACK_GUARD_PAGE_LEADING and STACK_GUARD_PAGE_TRAILING
>>> attempt to read the byte before and after, respectively, of the current
>>> stack frame, which should fault under VMAP_STACK.
>>>
>>> Signed-off-by: Kees Cook <keescook@...omium.org>
>>> ---
>>> Do these tests both trip with the new arm64 VMAP_STACK code?
>>
>> Probably not. On arm64, the registers are stacked by software at
>> exception entry,  and so we decrement the sp first by the size of the
>> register file, and if the resulting value overflows the stack, the
>> situation is handled as if the exception was caused by a faulting
>> stack access while it may be caused by something else in reality.
>> Since the act of handling the exception is guaranteed to overflow the
>> stack anyway, this does not really make a huge difference, and it
>> prevents the recursive fault from wiping the context that we need to
>> produce the diagnostics.
>>
>> This means an illegal access right above the stack will go undetected.
>
> I thought vmap entries provided guard pages around allocations?
> Shouldn't that catch it?
>

Ah yes, so we will fault. We should probably double check whether we
will not misidentify the fault because of the subtraction we do first,
but that should be trivial to add.

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