[kernel-hardening] Re: [RFC v2][PATCH 04/11] x86: Implement __arch_rare_write_begin/unmap()

Daniel Micay danielmicay at gmail.com
Fri Apr 7 21:21:48 PDT 2017

>> Fair enough. However, placing a BUG_ON(!(read_cr0() & X86_CR0_WP))
>> somewhere sensible should make those "leaks" visible fast -- and their
>> exploitation impossible, i.e. fail hard.
> The leaks surely exist and now we'll just add an exploitable BUG.

That didn't seem to matter for landing a rewrite of KSTACKOVERFLOW
with a bunch of *known* DoS bugs dealt with in grsecurity and those
were known issues that were unfixed for no apparent reason other than
keeping egos intact. It looks like there are still some left...

In that case, there also wasn't a security/performance advantage.

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