[PATCH] arm: Use kernel mm when updating section permissions

Kees Cook keescook at chromium.org
Wed Nov 4 17:13:59 PST 2015

On Wed, Nov 4, 2015 at 5:06 PM, Kees Cook <keescook at chromium.org> wrote:
> On Wed, Nov 4, 2015 at 5:00 PM, Laura Abbott <labbott at fedoraproject.org> wrote:
>> Currently, read only permissions are not being applied even
>> when CONFIG_DEBUG_RODATA is set. This is because section_update
>> uses current->mm for adjusting the page tables. current->mm
>> need not be equivalent to the kernel version. Use pgd_offset_k
>> to get the proper page directory for updating.
>> Signed-off-by: Laura Abbott <labbott at fedoraproject.org>
>> ---
>> I found this while trying to convince myself of something.
>> Dumping the page table via debugfs and writing to kernel text were both
>> showing the lack of mappings. This was observed on QEMU. Maybe it's just a
>> QEMUism but if not it probably should go to stable.
> Well that's weird! debugfs showed the actual permissions that lacked
> RO? I wonder what changed. I tested this both with debugfs and lkdtm's
> KERN_WRITE test when the patches originally landed.

The comment will need adjusting too. I have a memory of needing to use
current->mm to deal with some crazy errata and handling TLB flushes...


Kees Cook
Chrome OS Security

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