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Date:	Sun, 26 Jan 2014 11:16:30 +0100
From:	Richard Weinberger <>
To:	"H. Peter Anvin" <>
Cc:	Linus Torvalds <>,
	Cong Ding <>,
	"H. Peter Anvin" <>,
	Ingo Molnar <>, Ingo Molnar <>,
	Kees Cook <>,
	Linux Kernel Mailing List <>,
	Mathias Krause <>,
	Michael Davidson <>,
	Thomas Gleixner <>,
	Wei Yongjun <>
Subject: Re: [GIT PULL] x86/kaslr for v3.14

On Mon, Jan 20, 2014 at 5:47 PM, H. Peter Anvin <> wrote:
> Hi Linus,
> This enables kernel address space randomization for x86.
> The following changes since commit d0e639c9e06d44e713170031fe05fb60ebe680af:
>   Linux 3.12-rc4 (2013-10-06 14:00:20 -0700)
> are available in the git repository at:
>   git:// x86-kaslr-for-linus
> The head of this tree is da2b6fb990cf782b18952f534ec7323453bc4fc9.
>   x86, kaslr: Clarify RANDOMIZE_BASE_MAX_OFFSET (2014-01-14 10:45:56 -0800)
> ----------------------------------------------------------------
> H. Peter Anvin (2):
>       x86, boot: Rename get_flags() and check_flags() to *_cpuflags()
>       x86, kaslr: Add a circular multiply for better bit diffusion
> Kees Cook (10):
>       x86, boot: Move CPU flags out of cpucheck
>       x86, kaslr: Return location from decompress_kernel
>       x86, kaslr: Provide randomness functions
>       x86, kaslr: Select random position from e820 maps
>       x86, kaslr: Report kernel offset on panic
>       x86, kaslr: Raise the maximum virtual address to -1 GiB on x86_64
>       x86/relocs: Add percpu fixup for GNU ld 2.23
>       x86, kaslr: Mix entropy sources together as needed
>       x86, kaslr: Use char array to gain sizeof sanity
>       x86, kaslr: Clarify RANDOMIZE_BASE_MAX_OFFSET
> Michael Davidson (1):
>       x86, relocs: Add more per-cpu gold special cases
> Wei Yongjun (1):
>       x86, kaslr: Remove unused including <linux/version.h>

Currently we print the kernel offset only upon a panic() using the
panic notifier list.
This way it does not show up if the kernel hits a BUG() in process
context or something less critical.
Wouldn't make more sense to report the offset in every dump_stack() or
show_regs() call?
Or at least add a hint that the kernel was built with kaslr enabled.

I'm a heavy user of addr2line -e vmlinux <booboo-happened-here>, so I
want to make sure that I don't waste
too much time with finding out that the addresses are useless. :-)

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