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Date:   Wed, 2 Feb 2022 19:15:53 -0800
From:   Kees Cook <>
To:     Nick Desaulniers <>
Cc:     Miguel Ojeda <>,
        Nathan Chancellor <>,
        George Burgess IV <>,,,,
Subject: Re: [PATCH 4/4 v5] fortify: Add Clang support

On Wed, Feb 02, 2022 at 01:22:09PM -0800, Nick Desaulniers wrote:
> On Tue, Feb 1, 2022 at 4:30 PM Kees Cook <> wrote:
> >
> > --- a/security/Kconfig
> > +++ b/security/Kconfig
> > @@ -179,7 +179,7 @@ config FORTIFY_SOURCE
> >         depends on ARCH_HAS_FORTIFY_SOURCE
> >         #
> >         #
> > -       depends on !CC_IS_CLANG
> > +       depends on !CC_IS_CLANG || CLANG_VERSION >= 130000
> Are these comments still relevant, and is the clang version still correct?

Oh, good call. I thought the version was still correct (more below),
but yes, the comments need adjusting.

> In
> Miguel notes that diagnose_as only exists in clang-14+.  If this
> series relies on diagnose_as, then should this version check be for
> clang-14+ rather than clang-13+?

It doesn't rely on it; this is just taking advantage of an improvement.

> is still open, but doesn't
> signify why there's a version check. It makes sense if there's no
> version check, but I'm not sure it's still relevant to this Kconfig
> option after your series.

With __overloadable, this probably ended up going away.

> was fixed in clang-13, but
> it was also backported to the clang 12.0.1 release.  Is it still
> relevant if we're gated on diagnose_as from clang-14?

Ah-ha! I missed that this got backported. Looks like 12.0.1 and later
have this fixed. That's excellent!

> Perhaps a single comment, about the diagnose_as attribute or a link to
> or
> whatever, and updating the version check to be against clang-14 would
> be more precise?

Yup, I will rework this after double-checking 12.0.1 builds.


Kees Cook

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