[PATCH] arm64: defconfig: disable CONFIG_DEVMEM

Will Deacon will.deacon at arm.com
Thu Jan 19 01:49:17 PST 2017

On Wed, Jan 18, 2017 at 05:58:05PM +0000, Leif Lindholm wrote:
> On 15 January 2017 at 12:42, Leif Lindholm <leif.lindholm at linaro.org> wrote:
> > On Fri, Jan 13, 2017 at 11:48:01AM +0000, Will Deacon wrote:
> >> On Fri, Jan 13, 2017 at 11:37:34AM +0000, Leif Lindholm wrote:
> >> > /dev/mem is the opposite of what an operating system is for.
> >> > Additionally, on arm* it opens up for denial-of-service attacks from
> >> > userspace. So leave it disabled by default, requiring people who need
> >> > it to enable it explicitly.
> >>
> >> I really like the idea, but are we sure that nothing common breaks without
> >> this? For example, does Debian still boot nicely with this patch applied?
> >
> > Getting distros to not have to shop around for config fragments in
> > order to be able to a stable system is one of my main purposes of this
> > patch.
> >
> > Since Debian just published a 4.9 kernel, I gave that a spin (both DT
> > and ACPI). No issues.
> Will, any comments?

Nope; fine by me. arm-soc usually pick these up.

FWIW, I did do a Debian CodeSearch for /dev/mem and there were more hits
than I was hoping for. However, much of the code looked either:

 (a) Broken anyway
 (b) Not relevant to arm64
 (c) /dev/mem was just a string in a comment or something

There are a couple of crazy projects that appear to use /dev/mem to
implement a heap, but I really couldn't figure out how that worked.


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