lists.openwall.net   lists  /  announce  owl-users  owl-dev  john-users  john-dev  passwdqc-users  yescrypt  popa3d-users  /  oss-security  kernel-hardening  musl  sabotage  tlsify  passwords  /  crypt-dev  xvendor  /  Bugtraq  Full-Disclosure  linux-kernel  linux-netdev  linux-ext4  linux-hardening  PHC 
Open Source and information security mailing list archives
 
Hash Suite: Windows password security audit tool. GUI, reports in PDF.
[<prev] [next>] [<thread-prev] [day] [month] [year] [list]
Date:   Sat, 2 Sep 2017 12:51:02 -0700
From:   Kees Cook <keescook@...omium.org>
To:     Ingo Molnar <mingo@...nel.org>
Cc:     Mike Galbraith <efault@....de>,
        Thomas Gleixner <tglx@...utronix.de>,
        Ingo Molnar <mingo@...hat.com>,
        LKML <linux-kernel@...r.kernel.org>
Subject: Re: [PATCH][DEBUG] x86/refcount: split up refcount saturation handling

On Sat, Sep 2, 2017 at 3:35 AM, Ingo Molnar <mingo@...nel.org> wrote:
>
> * Kees Cook <keescook@...omium.org> wrote:
>
>> In support of debugging the problems Mike Galbraith has seen with
>> x86-refcount vs gcc vs network refcounts...
>>
>> This minimizes the differences between unchecked-refcount and x86-refcount
>> by changing the refcount_dec() failure case to not saturate. The reporting
>> of negative values is reduced to pr_warn from WARN to avoid spamming dmesg
>> (which may impact race conditions). Ratelimiting is disabled just to be
>> sure no reports are being dropped.
>>
>> Signed-off-by: Kees Cook <keescook@...omium.org>
>> ---
>>  arch/x86/mm/extable.c | 51 ++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++-----------------
>>  kernel/panic.c        |  2 +-
>>  2 files changed, 35 insertions(+), 18 deletions(-)
>
> If this patch is still useful then please include it in your next refcount series.
> Better debuggability is always welcome.

It's not: this is while it seemed like something else was happening.
The most important reporting improvement is included in the final fix
patch.

-Kees

-- 
Kees Cook
Pixel Security

Powered by blists - more mailing lists