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Date:   Thu, 23 Sep 2021 19:13:06 -0700
From:   Andrew Morton <akpm@...ux-foundation.org>
To:     Kees Cook <keescook@...omium.org>
Cc:     Thomas Gleixner <tglx@...utronix.de>,
        Josh Poimboeuf <jpoimboe@...hat.com>,
        Vito Caputo <vcaputo@...garu.com>,
        Ingo Molnar <mingo@...hat.com>, Borislav Petkov <bp@...en8.de>,
        "H. Peter Anvin" <hpa@...or.com>, Jens Axboe <axboe@...nel.dk>,
        Mark Rutland <mark.rutland@....com>,
        Peter Zijlstra <peterz@...radead.org>,
        Stefan Metzmacher <metze@...ba.org>,
        Andy Lutomirski <luto@...nel.org>,
        Lai Jiangshan <laijs@...ux.alibaba.com>,
        Christian Brauner <christian.brauner@...ntu.com>,
        "Kenta.Tada@...y.com" <Kenta.Tada@...y.com>,
        Daniel Bristot de Oliveira <bristot@...hat.com>,
        Michael WeiƟ 
        <michael.weiss@...ec.fraunhofer.de>,
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        Ohhoon Kwon <ohoono.kwon@...sung.com>,
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        "Eric W. Biederman" <ebiederm@...ssion.com>,
        linux-kernel@...r.kernel.org, x86@...nel.org,
        linux-fsdevel@...r.kernel.org, linux-hardening@...r.kernel.org
Subject: Re: [PATCH] proc: Disable /proc/$pid/wchan

On Thu, 23 Sep 2021 16:31:05 -0700 Kees Cook <keescook@...omium.org> wrote:

> The /proc/$pid/wchan file has been broken by default on x86_64 for 4
> years now[1].

[1] is hard to decrypt.  I think it would be better if this changelog
were to describe the problem directly, completely and succinctly?

> As this remains a potential leak of either kernel
> addresses (when symbolization fails) or limited observation of kernel
> function progress, just remove the contents for good.
> 
> Unconditionally set the contents to "0" and also mark the wchan
> field in /proc/$pid/stat with 0.
> 
> This leaves kernel/sched/fair.c as the only user of get_wchan(). But
> again, since this was broken for 4 years, was this profiling logic
> actually doing anything useful?

Agree that returning a hard-wired "0\n" is the way to go.

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