[RFC PATCH v3 0/3] arm64/kernel: get rid of GCC large model code

Ard Biesheuvel ard.biesheuvel at linaro.org
Wed Feb 14 03:36:42 PST 2018

Hi all,

I am resending this as an RFC, because I'd like to understand whether
anyone else shares my concern, or whether I am being overly paranoid.

v2 blurb:

GCC's large model uses literal pools to emit cross object symbol
references rather than movz/movk sequences, resulting in data items
mixed in the with executable code in modules' .text segments, reducing
cache utilization, but also potentially resulting in the creation of
code gadgets that are exploitable under speculative execution.

We are using GCC's large model for two separate reasons, both of which can
be worked around rather easily:
- KASLR uses it to move modules and the kernel very far apart, which is
  not really needed,
- the Cortex-A53 erratum code uses it to avoid ADRP instruction altogether,
  which can be replaced by selective patching of only the ADRP instructions
  that are affected by the erratum

Ard Biesheuvel (3):
  arm64/kernel: kaslr: reduce module randomization range to 4 GB
  arm64/kernel: don't ban ADRP to work around Cortex-A53 erratum #843419
  arm64/kernel: enable A53 erratum #8434319 handling at runtime

 arch/arm64/Kconfig                  | 18 ++---
 arch/arm64/Makefile                 |  5 --
 arch/arm64/include/asm/cpucaps.h    |  3 +-
 arch/arm64/include/asm/module.h     |  2 +
 arch/arm64/kernel/cpu_errata.c      | 26 +++++++
 arch/arm64/kernel/kaslr.c           | 20 +++--
 arch/arm64/kernel/module-plts.c     | 77 +++++++++++++++++++-
 arch/arm64/kernel/module.c          | 40 ++++++++--
 arch/arm64/kernel/reloc_test_core.c |  4 +-
 arch/arm64/kernel/reloc_test_syms.S | 12 ++-
 include/linux/sizes.h               |  2 +
 11 files changed, 171 insertions(+), 38 deletions(-)


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