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Date:   Fri, 25 Mar 2022 15:36:24 -0700
From:   Kees Cook <>
To:     Shuah Khan <>
Cc:, Andy Lutomirski <>,
        Will Drewry <>,,
        Willem de Bruijn <>,
        Jakub Kicinski <>,,
Subject: Re: [PATCH 1/2] selftests/harness: Run TEARDOWN for ASSERT failures

On Fri, Mar 25, 2022 at 01:37:20PM -0600, Shuah Khan wrote:
> On 3/24/22 5:19 PM, Kees Cook wrote:
> > The kselftest test harness has traditionally not run the registered
> > TEARDOWN handler when a test encountered an ASSERT. This creates
> > unexpected situations and tests need to be very careful about using
> > ASSERT, which seems a needless hurdle for test writers.
> > 
> > Because of the harness's design for optional failure handlers, the
> > original implementation of ASSERT used an abort() to immediately
> > stop execution, but that meant the context for running teardown was
> > lost. Instead, use setjmp/longjmp so that teardown can be done.
> > 
> Thanks for the patch. The change look good to me.
> > Failed SETUP routines continue to not be followed by TEARDOWN, though.
> Does this mean failed setup() routines have to handle TEARDOWN? What
> are guidelines to follow for setup() failures?
> Can you add a bit more detail on what you meant by " Failed SETUP
> routines continue to not be followed by TEARDOWN, though".

Sure! It means that any failures in a SETUP need to be cleaned up by the
SETUP, as TEARDOWN won't be run. (As in, this is unchanged from how
things behaved prior to this patch.)

> With that:
> Reviewed-by: Shuah Khan <>


Kees Cook

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