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Date: Mon, 8 Apr 2019 09:43:13 -0700
From: Laura Abbott <labbott@...hat.com>
To: Alexander Potapenko <glider@...gle.com>, yamada.masahiro@...ionext.com,
 jmorris@...ei.org, serge@...lyn.com
Cc: linux-security-module@...r.kernel.org, linux-kbuild@...r.kernel.org,
 ndesaulniers@...gle.com, kcc@...gle.com, dvyukov@...gle.com,
 keescook@...omium.org, sspatil@...roid.com,
 kernel-hardening@...ts.openwall.com
Subject: Re: [PATCH v2 2/2] initmem: introduce CONFIG_INIT_ALL_HEAP

On 3/8/19 5:27 AM, Alexander Potapenko wrote:
> This config option enables CONFIG_SLUB_DEBUG and CONFIG_PAGE_POISONING
> without the need to pass any boot parameters.
> 
> No performance optimizations are done at the moment to reduce double
> initialization of memory regions.
> 
> Signed-off-by: Alexander Potapenko <glider@...gle.com>
> Cc: Masahiro Yamada <yamada.masahiro@...ionext.com>
> Cc: James Morris <jmorris@...ei.org>
> Cc: "Serge E. Hallyn" <serge@...lyn.com>
> Cc: Nick Desaulniers <ndesaulniers@...gle.com>
> Cc: Kostya Serebryany <kcc@...gle.com>
> Cc: Dmitry Vyukov <dvyukov@...gle.com>
> Cc: Kees Cook <keescook@...omium.org>
> Cc: Sandeep Patil <sspatil@...roid.com>
> Cc: linux-security-module@...r.kernel.org
> Cc: linux-kbuild@...r.kernel.org
> Cc: kernel-hardening@...ts.openwall.com
> ---
>   mm/page_poison.c         |  5 +++++
>   mm/slub.c                |  2 ++
>   security/Kconfig.initmem | 11 +++++++++++
>   3 files changed, 18 insertions(+)
> 
> diff --git a/mm/page_poison.c b/mm/page_poison.c
> index 21d4f97cb49b..a1985f33f635 100644
> --- a/mm/page_poison.c
> +++ b/mm/page_poison.c
> @@ -12,9 +12,14 @@ static bool want_page_poisoning __read_mostly;
>   
>   static int __init early_page_poison_param(char *buf)
>   {
> +#ifdef CONFIG_INIT_ALL_HEAP
> +	want_page_poisoning = true;
> +	return 0;
> +#else
>   	if (!buf)
>   		return -EINVAL;
>   	return strtobool(buf, &want_page_poisoning);
> +#endif
>   }
>   early_param("page_poison", early_page_poison_param);
>   
> diff --git a/mm/slub.c b/mm/slub.c
> index 1b08fbcb7e61..00e0197d3f35 100644
> --- a/mm/slub.c
> +++ b/mm/slub.c
> @@ -1287,6 +1287,8 @@ static int __init setup_slub_debug(char *str)
>   	if (*str == ',')
>   		slub_debug_slabs = str + 1;
>   out:
> +	if (IS_ENABLED(CONFIG_INIT_ALL_HEAP))
> +		slub_debug |= SLAB_POISON;
>   	return 1;
>   }
>   

I've looked at doing something similar in the past (failing to find
the thread this morning...) and while this will work, it has pretty
serious performance issues. It's not actually the poisoning which
is expensive but that turning on debugging removes the cpu slab
which has significant performance penalties.

I'd rather go back to the proposal of just poisoning the slab
at alloc/free without using SLAB_POISON.

Thanks,
Laura


> diff --git a/security/Kconfig.initmem b/security/Kconfig.initmem
> index 27aec394365e..5ce49663777a 100644
> --- a/security/Kconfig.initmem
> +++ b/security/Kconfig.initmem
> @@ -13,6 +13,17 @@ config INIT_ALL_MEMORY
>   
>   if INIT_ALL_MEMORY
>   
> +config INIT_ALL_HEAP
> +	bool "Initialize all heap"
> +	depends on INIT_ALL_MEMORY
> +	select CONFIG_PAGE_POISONING
> +	select CONFIG_PAGE_POISONING_NO_SANITY
> +	select CONFIG_PAGE_POISONING_ZERO
> +	select CONFIG_SLUB_DEBUG
> +	default y
> +	help
> +	  Enable page poisoning and slub poisoning by default.
> +
>   config INIT_ALL_STACK
>   	bool "Initialize all stack"
>   	depends on INIT_ALL_MEMORY
> 

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