[PATCH 1/2] security: Change name of CONFIG_DEBUG_RODATA
deller at gmx.de
Thu Jan 19 13:17:12 PST 2017
On 19.01.2017 12:33, Heiko Carstens wrote:
> On Thu, Jan 19, 2017 at 10:56:46AM +0000, Mark Rutland wrote:
>>> +config HARDENED_PAGE_MAPPINGS
>>> + bool "Mark kernel mappings with stricter permissions (RO/W^X)"
>>> + default y
>>> + depends on ARCH_HAS_HARDENED_MAPPINGS
>>> + help
>>> + If this is set, kernel text and rodata memory will be made read-only,
>>> + and non-text memory will be made non-executable. This provides
>>> + protection against certain security attacks (e.g. executing the heap
>>> + or modifying text).
>>> + Unless your system has known restrictions or performance issues, it
>>> + is recommended to say Y here.
>> It's somewhat unfortunate that this means the feature is no longer
>> mandatory on arm64 (and s390+x86). We have a boot-time switch to turn
>> the protections off, so I was hoping we could make this mandatory on all
>> architectures with support.
>> It would be good to see if we could make this mandatory for arm and
>> parisc, or if it really needs to be optional for either of those.
> Looks like the config option is a no-op on parisc just like it is on
> s390. Irrelavant of the config option at least on s390 the page tables for
> kernel text and rodata will be read-only anyway.
Right, that's true at the moment for parisc as well.
I do have unfinished patches which will add runtime kernel patching
for ftrace to parisc, and those patches will need to add code to
enable/disable ro text/data like x86.
> This works since ages and I don't see a reason why this should be
> changed. Also trying to disable this with the "rodata=" command line option
> does not work at least on s390, and I guess this is true for parisc as
I never tried the option itself, but it should work on parisc to disable
the ro protection by this option.
> The only thing implemented with CONFIG_DEBUG_RODATA on both architectures
> is to emit a message that states memory has been protected
> This just avoids a wrong "Kernel memory protection disabled." message.
> So yes, I'd really like to keep this option mandatory.
I'd be fine with a rename of the config option to ARCH_HAS_HARDENED_MAPPINGS
and keeping the "rodata=" command line.
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