[Ksummit-2013-discuss] [ARM ATTEND] catching up on exploit mitigations

Dave Jones davej at redhat.com
Wed Aug 21 11:43:55 EDT 2013

On Wed, Aug 21, 2013 at 04:26:14PM +0100, Russell King - ARM Linux wrote:
 > On Wed, Jul 31, 2013 at 10:24:30AM -0400, Dave Jones wrote:
 > > On Wed, Jul 31, 2013 at 10:40:12AM +0100, Russell King - ARM Linux wrote:
 > >  > On Tue, Jul 30, 2013 at 08:04:44PM -0400, Dave Jones wrote:
 > >  > > To use ARM as an example, the bugs I've seen have mostly been in arch specific
 > >  > > code that does things like page-table manipulation.  The chromebook bugs I
 > >  > > was hitting for eg were various kinds of PTE corruption warnings. 
 > >  > 
 > >  > Hmm, really?  Did you reported these bugs?  I'm not aware of mainline
 > >  > having any changes related to bug reports on PTEs on ARM.
 > > 
 > > I wasn't sure if it was a googleism, or happens on mainline, so no.
 > I've been running several iterations of it for a while (== up to 10 minutes
 > run time - which is normally about how long it takes to find the rather-too-
 > exposed kmalloc in sys_oabi_epoll_wait) and so far have seen no sign of any
 > page table corruption.

awesome. Guess it was a google specific issue then.
(Or something that got fixed post 3.4)

 > Maybe you can give some ideas as to how you were running it?  Was it
 > running as root or as a normal user? 

yeah, unpriv'd user. 

 > Were there any nonstandard platform
 > specific devices in /dev which that user could access - such as graphics
 > or video decoder devices which could be exposing big holes?

I'm not sure what google patched into that kernel altogether, so who knows..


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