Openwall GNU/*/Linux - a small security-enhanced Linux distro for servers
[<prev] [next>] [<thread-prev] [thread-next>] [day] [month] [year] [list]
Date: Thu, 25 Jan 2018 13:31:11 -0800
From: Andy Lutomirski <luto@...nel.org>
To: Linus Torvalds <torvalds@...ux-foundation.org>
Cc: Andy Lutomirski <luto@...nel.org>, "the arch/x86 maintainers" <x86@...nel.org>, LKML <linux-kernel@...r.kernel.org>, 
	Greg Kroah-Hartman <gregkh@...uxfoundation.org>, Alan Cox <alan@...ux.intel.com>, 
	Jann Horn <jannh@...gle.com>, Samuel Neves <samuel.c.p.neves@...il.com>, 
	Dan Williams <dan.j.williams@...el.com>, 
	Kernel Hardening <kernel-hardening@...ts.openwall.com>, Borislav Petkov <bp@...en8.de>
Subject: Re: [PATCH] x86/retpoline/entry: Disable the entire SYSCALL64 fast
 path with retpolines on

On Thu, Jan 25, 2018 at 1:20 PM, Linus Torvalds
<torvalds@...ux-foundation.org> wrote:
> On Thu, Jan 25, 2018 at 1:08 PM, Andy Lutomirski <luto@...nel.org> wrote:
>>
>> With retpoline, the retpoline in the trampoline sucks.  I don't need
>> perf for that -- I've benchmarked it both ways.  It sucks.  I'll fix
>> it, but it'll be kind of complicated.
>
> Ahh, I'd forgotten about that (and obviously didn't see it in the profiles).
>
> But yeah, that is fixable even if it does require a page per CPU. Or
> did you have some clever scheme in mind?

Nothing clever.  I was going to see if I could get actual
binutils-generated relocations to work in the trampoline.  We already
have code to parse ELF relocations and turn them into a simple table,
and it shouldn't be *that* hard to run a separate pass on the entry
trampoline.

Another potentially useful if rather minor optimization would be to
rejigger the SYSCALL_DEFINE macros a bit.  Currently we treat all
syscalls like this:

long func(long arg0, long arg1, long arg2, long arg3, long arg4, long arg5);

I wonder if we'd be better off doing:

long func(const struct pt_regs *regs);

and autogenerating:

static long SyS_read(const struct pt_regs *regs)
{
   return sys_reg(regs->di, ...);
}

Powered by blists - more mailing lists

Your e-mail address:

Confused about mailing lists and their use? Read about mailing lists on Wikipedia and check out these guidelines on proper formatting of your messages.