[RFC PATCH v2 0/6] arm64: untag user pointers passed to the kernel

Andrey Konovalov andreyknvl at google.com
Tue Mar 27 09:57:36 PDT 2018


arm64 has a feature called Top Byte Ignore, which allows to embed pointer
tags into the top byte of each pointer. Userspace programs (such as
HWASan, a memory debugging tool [1]) might use this feature and pass
tagged user pointers to the kernel through syscalls or other interfaces.

This patch makes a few of the kernel interfaces accept tagged user
pointers. The kernel is already able to handle user faults with tagged
pointers and has the untagged_addr macro, which this patchset reuses.

We're not trying to cover all possible ways the kernel accepts user
pointers in one patchset, so this one should be considered as a start.


[1] http://clang.llvm.org/docs/HardwareAssistedAddressSanitizerDesign.html

Changes in RFC v2:
- Added "#ifndef untagged_addr..." fallback in linux/uaccess.h instead of
  defining it for each arch individually.
- Updated Documentation/arm64/tagged-pointers.txt.
- Dropped “mm, arm64: untag user addresses in memory syscalls”.
- Rebased onto 3eb2ce82 (4.16-rc7).

Andrey Konovalov (6):
  arm64: add type casts to untagged_addr macro
  uaccess: add untagged_addr definition for other arches
  arm64: untag user addresses in copy_from_user and others
  mm, arm64: untag user addresses in mm/gup.c
  lib, arm64: untag addrs passed to strncpy_from_user and strnlen_user
  arm64: update Documentation/arm64/tagged-pointers.txt

 Documentation/arm64/tagged-pointers.txt |  5 +++--
 arch/arm64/include/asm/uaccess.h        |  9 +++++++--
 include/linux/uaccess.h                 |  4 ++++
 lib/strncpy_from_user.c                 |  2 ++
 lib/strnlen_user.c                      |  2 ++
 mm/gup.c                                | 12 ++++++++++++
 6 files changed, 30 insertions(+), 4 deletions(-)


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