[PATCH v6 15/18] khwasan, arm64: add brk handler for inline instrumentation

Jann Horn jannh at google.com
Wed Sep 12 10:39:30 PDT 2018


On Wed, Sep 12, 2018 at 7:16 PM Dmitry Vyukov <dvyukov at google.com> wrote:
> On Wed, Aug 29, 2018 at 1:35 PM, Andrey Konovalov <andreyknvl at google.com> wrote:
[...]
> > +static int khwasan_handler(struct pt_regs *regs, unsigned int esr)
> > +{
> > +       bool recover = esr & KHWASAN_ESR_RECOVER;
> > +       bool write = esr & KHWASAN_ESR_WRITE;
> > +       size_t size = KHWASAN_ESR_SIZE(esr);
> > +       u64 addr = regs->regs[0];
> > +       u64 pc = regs->pc;
> > +
> > +       if (user_mode(regs))
> > +               return DBG_HOOK_ERROR;
> > +
> > +       kasan_report(addr, size, write, pc);
> > +
> > +       /*
> > +        * The instrumentation allows to control whether we can proceed after
> > +        * a crash was detected. This is done by passing the -recover flag to
> > +        * the compiler. Disabling recovery allows to generate more compact
> > +        * code.
> > +        *
> > +        * Unfortunately disabling recovery doesn't work for the kernel right
> > +        * now. KHWASAN reporting is disabled in some contexts (for example when
> > +        * the allocator accesses slab object metadata; same is true for KASAN;
> > +        * this is controlled by current->kasan_depth). All these accesses are
> > +        * detected by the tool, even though the reports for them are not
> > +        * printed.
> > +        *
> > +        * This is something that might be fixed at some point in the future.
> > +        */
> > +       if (!recover)
> > +               die("Oops - KHWASAN", regs, 0);
>
> Why die and not panic? Die seems to be much less used function, and it
> calls panic anyway, and we call panic in kasan_report if panic_on_warn
> is set.

die() is vaguely equivalent to BUG(); die() and BUG() normally only
terminate the current process, which may or may not leave the system
somewhat usable, while panic() always brings down the whole system.
AFAIK panic() shouldn't be used unless you're in some very low-level
code where you know that trying to just kill the current process can't
work and the entire system is broken beyond repair.

If KASAN traps on some random memory access, there's a good chance
that just killing the current process will allow at least parts of the
system to continue. I'm not sure whether BUG() or die() is more
appropriate here, but I think it definitely should not be a panic().



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