[PATCH 1/2] security: Change name of CONFIG_DEBUG_RODATA

Pavel Machek pavel at ucw.cz
Wed Jan 25 05:51:24 PST 2017

On Wed 2017-01-25 12:21:05, Laura Abbott wrote:
> On 01/19/2017 08:53 AM, Pavel Machek wrote:
> >On Wed 2017-01-18 17:29:05, Laura Abbott wrote:
> >>
> >>Despite the word 'debug' in CONFIG_DEBUG_RODATA, this kernel option
> >>provides key security features that are to be expected on a modern
> >>system. Change the name to CONFIG_HARDENED_PAGE_MAPPINGS which more
> >>accurately describes what this option is intended to do.
> >
> >I think this is bad change. CONFIG_DEBUG_RODATA is describing what it
> >does, CONFIG_HARDENED_PAGE_MAPPINGS is advertising.
> >
> >We don't do advertising, and we don't force people to re-answer the
> >config questions without good reason.
> >
> >CONFIG_HARDENED_RODATA might fix the first problem, but not the second
> >one.
> >
> >								Pavel
> >								
> (Apologies, my SMTP was set up incorrectly so my response didn't
> actually get sent out)
> CONFIG_DEBUG_RODATA isn't describing what it does though. It misses
> that this config may handle much more than just rodata. I think
> Mark Rutland's suggestion of STRICT_KERNEL_RWX might be more
> descriptive.


..it is config option. It is not description of the feature. People
are living with that config option for a while. I'd keep it.

Maybe you can go from CONFIG_DEBUG_RODATA to CONFIG_RODATA... (but
you'll still have people re-answer config option.)

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