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Date: Tue, 15 Aug 2017 17:30:36 +0100
From: Mark Rutland <>
To: Andy Lutomirski <>
Cc: "" <>,
	Ard Biesheuvel <>,
	Catalin Marinas <>,
	James Morse <>,
	Laura Abbott <>,
	"" <>,
	Matt Fleming <>,
	Will Deacon <>,
	"" <>,
	Kees Cook <>
Subject: Re: [PATCHv2 02/14] fork: allow arch-override of VMAP stack alignment

On Tue, Aug 15, 2017 at 09:09:36AM -0700, Andy Lutomirski wrote:
> On Tue, Aug 15, 2017 at 5:50 AM, Mark Rutland <> wrote:
> > In some cases, an architecture might wish its stacks to be aligned to a
> > boundary larger than THREAD_SIZE. For example, using an alignment of
> > double THREAD_SIZE can allow for stack overflows smaller than
> > THREAD_SIZE to be detected by checking a single bit of the stack
> > pointer.
> >
> > This patch allows architectures to override the alignment of VMAP'd
> > stacks, by defining THREAD_ALIGN. Where not defined, this defaults to
> > THREAD_SIZE, as is the case today.
> This looks okay, but it might make sense to move that to a header file
> so THREAD_ALIGN is always available.

I was a little worried about breaking things, since arches don't define
THREAD_SIZE in a consistent location.

Looking again, it looks like those are all transitiviely included into
each arch's <asm/thread_info.h>, so I think I can move this into
<linux/thread_info.h>, which'll have to be added to kernel.fork.c's

Are you happy with the below fixup?


diff --git a/include/linux/thread_info.h b/include/linux/thread_info.h
index 250a276..905d769 100644
--- a/include/linux/thread_info.h
+++ b/include/linux/thread_info.h
@@ -38,6 +38,10 @@ enum {
 #ifdef __KERNEL__
 # define THREADINFO_GFP                (GFP_KERNEL_ACCOUNT | __GFP_NOTRACK | \
diff --git a/kernel/fork.c b/kernel/fork.c
index 696d692..f12882a 100644
--- a/kernel/fork.c
+++ b/kernel/fork.c
@@ -88,6 +88,7 @@
 #include <linux/sysctl.h>
 #include <linux/kcov.h>
 #include <linux/livepatch.h>
+#include <linux/thread_info.h>
 #include <asm/pgtable.h>
 #include <asm/pgalloc.h>
@@ -217,9 +218,6 @@ static unsigned long *alloc_thread_stack_node(struct task_struct *tsk, int node)
                return s->addr;
        stack = __vmalloc_node_range(THREAD_SIZE, THREAD_ALIGN,
                                     VMALLOC_START, VMALLOC_END,

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